30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Petrov File Bulgaria, Germany, France 2015 | 90 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2015

Georgi Balabanov

GEORGI BALABANOV (*1951) came originally from the theatre and since 1979 has also been making documentary films. The Petrov File is his first feature film. French star author Jean Claude Carrière co-wrote the screenplay.

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In the final years of communism in Bulgaria, the actor Alexander Petrov is barred from working. After the collapse of the regime, he returns to the stage. At the funeral of his old mentor and idol, he learns that it was this person of all people who betrayed him. This causes a crisis in his life and he withdraws from public life. During this period he is supported by his friend Markov, a former head of the secret service, who is now a successful business man. Markov persuades Petrov to enter politics and become leader of a new party. But the freedom offered by democracy is deceptive. The old system lives on within the new one. The Petrov File is a settling of scores with the continuity of the Bulgarian elite after the fall of communism.
Original title: The Petrov File
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Bulgarian
Section: Freihafen
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Georgi Balabanov
Screenplay: Georgi Balabanov, Jean-Claude Carriere
Cast: Mihail Bilalov, Deyan Donkov, Radina Kardjilova
Producer: Dimitar Gotchev, Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab
Director of Photography: Stefan Ivanov
Music: Mario Schneider, Cornelius Renz
Production Design: Anna Boyanova
Editor: Maria Handjieva, Vessela Martschewski
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
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Production: Camera Ltd; Ostlicht Filmproduktion GmbH
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