By Hristo Simeonov
Original version with English subtitles
The award-winning short fiction film follows the life of a Romani boy who lives together with his family in an old trailer in the Bulgarian hinterlands. While the father heads to the city to scrape together a living, the boy has to compensate for his father’s absence by hard work and a portion of courage. His only companion is a stray dog.
Hristo Simeonov graduated with a master’s degree in Film Directing from the South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Bulgaria in 2013. Since 2009, he has been collaborating with several minority rights foundations in Bulgaria, and has made many documentaries concerned with social issues. Hristo’s short film, THE SON (2015), won the Award for Best Short Film at the Bulgarian Film Academy Awards (2016), the Short Film Prize at Cottbus Film Festival (2016), and 15 other international awards. His most recent short film, DIMO’S FOREST, was nominated for the Jameson Short Film Award for Best Bulgarian Film (2018) and won the Golden Rose Award at 36th Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival. Currently, Hristo is working on his first feature film PROTECTED SPECIES and is a PhD student in Film Studies.
Director: Hristo Simeonov
Script: Deyan Enev, Hristo Simeonov
Cinematography: Vesselin Hristov
Sound: Veselin Zografov
Editing: Jonathan Haidelberger
Artistic Director: Ivelina Mineva
Production: Kostadin Bonev, Trivium Films
SATURDAY, 15:30, with Q&A with the director