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The Father

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Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov // Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, 2019
Fiction Feature // FF2020
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A Bulgarian family story about loss, mourning and guilt reminiscent of the absurd comedy of Toni Erdmann. Vasil has just lost his wife. At the funeral, a neighbour claims the dead woman rang her on her mobile. Vasil seeks the help of a well-known psychic in order to contact his wife beyond the grave. Vasil‘s son Pavel considers any form of communication with the other side pure hocus pocus and tries to get his father to see sense. But the stubborn old man will not be dissuaded.


KRISTINA GROZEVA (*1976) and PETAR VALCHANOV (*1982) are among Bulgaria's most creative film-makers. They have been making films together since 2009 and The Lesson (2014) and Glory (2016) were internationally acclaimed. The Father, winner of the main prize at the film festival in Karlovy Vary, is their third feature.




Fiction Feature



Bulgaria, Greece, Italy


87 min

OV with German subtitles

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