Ferrara with outstanding contribution award
The famed director will teach two master classes as part of Sofia Film Fest
2 March, 2018
Organisers of the 22nd Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF) will honour the legendary American director Abel Ferrara with an award for his outstanding contribution to the world of cinema. The creator of Go Go Tales and Bad Lieutenant is set to arrive in Bulgaria on 17 March. That same evening, Ferrara, known as one of the doyens of US independent filmmaking, will receive the Sofia Award at a ceremony at Lumiere Cinema. Right after that, fans will be able to enjoy a screening of his masterpiece King of New York, whose emotionally charged story made even Ferrara's wife leave the theatre at the film's 1990 premiere. The director's visit is a sort of gift for the festival's visitors from Jameson Irish Whiskey in its 15th year of partnership with SIFF. Besides King of New York, the Ferrara film programme will include Go Go Tales and Pazolini as well as the documentaries Abel Ferrara: Alive in France and Piazza Vittorio. During his visit to Sofia Ferrara, will teach two master classes on 18 and 19 March at the Home of Cinema. This year's edition of SIFF kicks off on 7 March with a screening of Miko Lazarov's Aga, which made its international debut at the Berlinale. A total of 12 titles will vie for the grand prix in the festival's official selection. The other eleven are: the winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno 3/4 by director Ilian Metev, Adam by Maria Solrun, Yeva (Anahid Abad), Blockage (Mohsen Gharaei), In Another Life (Jason Wingard), Facing the Wind (Meritxell Colell), Genesis (Arpad Bogdan), One Step behind the Seraphim (Daniel Sandu), Radiogram (Rouzie Hassanova), Silent Night (Piotr Domalewski) and Para Aduma (Tsivia Barkai). The jury will be chaired by Hungarian Ildiko Enyedi who took the Golden Bear at last year's Berlinale. The big winner of the Sofia International Film Festival will be honoured at an award ceremony on 16 March. After visiting Sofia as a special guest of the CineLibri festival, Italian screenplay writer with Bulgarian roots Doriana Leondeff will return to present her project Invisible Colours.The festival's programme, including the traditional branch editions in Burgas, Plovdiv and Varna, will continue until 29 March.
Bulgarian film 3/4 will compete for the festival's grand prix.