Vassil (38) is a documentary filmmaker who has not made a successful film for years. He has a long-term relationship with his live-in girlfriend Maria (37) and they have a daughter, Lily (12). Vassil is constantly ignoring them, seized by the ambition to make a documentary about the life of a monk, Avtonom (33), who is going through an emotional crisis.
One evening Avtonom stays for the night at Vassil and Maria’s home. Over dinner Avtonom makes Vassil promise Maria he will marry her if the film makes a hit. The “promise of marriage” is shot by Lily who is copying her father, filming the world around her and publishing the footage in a Youtube vlog.
Vassil teaches documentary cinema and requires from his students to love their characters and stick to ethics in the first place. Sisi (22), a self-confident girl, is a student of his. For her, ethics is just a needless obstacle in filming the truth. Vassil is attracted to Sisi and this makes him even more estranged from Maria and Lily.
With the purpose of portraying his character frankly, Vassil starts filming him in secret, more and more violating the principles he believes in.
Obsessed by his film and the desire for success, he decides to use that footage, though this might ruin Avtonom’s reputation.
Having failed his private life and cheated his protagonist, he manages to finish the film and it is selected for the most prestigious documentary forum, IDFA – something he has dreamed about.
The film’s first screening is quite successful. Dizzy with the attention which his film and he, in person, have attracted, all alone in his hotel room, Vassil happens to see the last video published in his daughter’s vlog. Lily has done the same thing he has done to Avtonom, shooting Vassil openly and in secret and showing him in a quite disagreeable manner.
Vassil sees himself through his daughter’s eyes, thus facing an unexpected character from his own life – himself.
October 11, 2016
Bulgarian filmmaker and producer born 1976.
In 1999, Svetoslav founded Cineaste Maudit Production. In 2001, he received an award for the best Eastern-European film at Dok Leipzig 2001 for the documentary “Life is wonderful, isn’t it?”. “The Merry Boys” was shown at IDFA 2003, “Young at Heart” won the Special Prix Europa, Berlin in 2003. In 2005, “Amateurs” was awarded the Golden Rhyton for the best Bulgarian documentary, as well as the award of the Bulgarian film critics. “Life Almost Wonderful” competed in 2013 at the IDFA’s feature length competition, won the critics award at Golden Rhyton 2013, and was awarded with special jury prizes at the Sofia Film Festival 2014 and ZagrebDox 2014. “Zhaleika” which he produced was awarded with special jury prize at Generation section at Berlinale 2016 and won the Grand prize at Sofia Film Fest 2016.
Freelance journalist and writer located in Bulgaria. She was born in 1987 г. Graduated Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Master’s degree in Cinema, Visual arts and literature (with second Master’s degree in Human Resources) in Sofia University “Saint Kliment Ohridsky”.
She has worked as reporter and screenwriter in the Student National Television; as a screenwriter and reporter in the Bulgarian National Television (the television broadcast “One of us”, “Little stories); as a Reporter in different online media. Currently works for the daily online newspaper E-vestnik, Global Voices, etc.
Her poetry book wins the National Poetry Competition “South Spring” and National competition “Young Voices” (2009) for first poetry book. She has been awarded different poetry awards through the years.
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