The Father


“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” the proverb goes; but what if life gives you nothing but sour grapes of bottled-up resentment and bitterness? Vasil and Pavel’s strained father-son relationship is only exacerbated following the sudden loss of their wife/mother, who obviously served as a buffer. Things are about to get awkwardly absurd when a hysterical neighbor insists that her beloved late friend has phoned her shortly after passing away. A comedy of redemptive exasperation that tracks the crazy lengths we are willing to go to, so as to unlock the treasures of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Direction: Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Script: Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Cinematography: Krum Rodriguez
Editing: Petar Valchanov
Music: Hristo Namliev
Actors: Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov, Nikolay Todorov, Boyan Doychinov
Production: Abraxas Film, Graal Films
Producer/Producers: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou
Co-production: GFC
Co-producer/Co-producers: Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou
Art Direction: Vanina Geleva
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Bulgaria, Greece
Production Year: 2019
Duration: 91´
Contact: Wide,
Awards/Distinctions: Crystal Globe for Best Film – Karlovy Vary IFF 2019, Best Director Award, Audience Choice Grand Prix – Sakhalin IFF 2019