Orlin Milchev’s debut feature The Art of Falling in post-production

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– Elena Zamyarkova, Alexandra Surchadzhieva and Ivaylo Hristov are showing a debut feature by the Bulgarian filmmaker, who triumphed locally four years ago with his graduation short

Elena Zamyarkova in The art of falling

Since young and promising Orlin Milchev presented his short Dobry in the Jameson Short Films Competition at Sofia International Film Festival in 2017, depicting the encounter between a shepherd and an illegal refugee in the Bulgarian mountains, the local film industry was eager to see their first feature film. The art of falling, produced by Geopoly (Crazy DYes, Prima Primavera [+see also:
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) just finished filming and entered the editing phase, aiming for a release early next year. According to the producer Pavlina Jeleva, the budget is around 320,000 EUR, two thirds of which has been provided by the Bulgarian National Film Center. The film was shot for three weeks in the city of Sofia in March and April 2021 and in parallel with the development of the third pandemic wave of COVID-19, however without incidents of infection within the team or due practical obstacles. restrictions.

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The coming-of-age plot features introverted and sensitive teenager Borislava (Elena Zamyarkova, best known for her supporting role in Sister [+see also:
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) grew up with an absent father, his alcoholic and bipolar mother (theater and television actress Alexandra Surchadzieva, also appearing in Seamstresses), and his caring grandfather (acclaimed actor and director Ivaylo Hristov, famous for Losers [+see also:
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). Borislava’s passive demeanor makes her easy prey for aggressive guys and she almost got raped at school, which traumatizes her deeply. In order to help her gain self-confidence, her grandfather enrolled her in judo lessons. There she discovers a whole new universe in which challenges must be met head-on.

As Milchev elaborates further, “This is a film about willing confrontation with problems, about active failure. Borislava puts the puzzle of her personality together, so that the scared and passive girl becomes a mature person as she goes. she embraces the idea of ​​responsibility. What makes this story important to me is the character’s closely observed transformation as she learns to face life’s battles. In fact, real growth comes when this clash becomes aware and fearless. “

The script was developed by an experienced writer Marin Damyanov (Collector of corpses [+see also:
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) and copyright TV and advertising Neda Filcheva, however, he underwent many transformations during the filming process in a free-spirited search for the right direction, generously authorized by Geopoly. Cinematography has been delegated to a masterful cameraman Emil Hristov, which pursued the documentary aesthetic using a hand-held camera, natural light, and long continuous shots.

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