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Bulgarian Rhapsody

Directed by Ivan Nitchev

Bulgaria | 108 minutes | 2014

Bulgarian, German, Ladino with English subtitles

Bulgaria’s submission to the recent Academy Awards is a story of friendship and first love set in Sofia during the summer of 1943. Despite the restrictions placed upon Jews, 17 year-old Moni manages to live a somewhat carefree life thanks to his best friend Giogio who, like many of his fellow countrymen, does not support the segregation of Jews. When both fall in love with Shelly, the limits of their friendship are tested. Ultimately, the fate of the three teens mirrors the lives of the Balkan Jews during World War II, challenged to survive the horrors of that period, filled with fear and hope. Beautifully shot and remarkably performed, Bulgarian Rhapsody is both a warm tale of adolescence and a heartrending look at the impact of war and Nazi anti-Semitism.

Foreign Title Bulgarska Rapsodia
Director Ivan Nitchev
Countries of Production Bulgaria
Year of Presentation 2014
Language(s) Bulgarian, German, Ladino with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 108 minutes
Principal Cast Angela Nedyalkova, Kristiyan Makarov, Stefan Popov

Bulgaria's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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