For six years in the program of Sofia Film Fest the special FIPRESCI 90 Platinium Award is presented, which is awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics.
In the pre-pandemic years, it was represented personally by Klaus Eder, Secretary General of the organization, and its bearers in Sofia are Bela Tar, Goran Paskalevic, Ildiko Enedi, Bile August, Agnieszka Holland. In 2020, the world’s filmmakers who will receive this award are the directors Christy Puyu and Terry Gilliam.
Christy Puyu (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)
The work of the famous screenwriter and director Christy Puyu is one of the reasons why the world of cinema is looking at Romania – it is the founder of the Romanian “new wave”. Christie Puyu was born in Bucharest in 1967 and studied painting at the Graduate School of Visual Arts in Geneva.
After returning to Romania, he continued to paint, making his first feature film – “Goods and mangoes” (“Stuff and Dough“, 2001), followed by”Cigarettes and coffee” (“Cigarettes and Coffee“), Awarded the” Golden Bear “for a short film at the 2004 Berlinale.
The film “Aurora” (2010) by Romanian director Christi Puyu
Presented as a project of Sofia Meetings in 2004, “The death of Mr. Lazarescu” (“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu(2005) had its premiere in Cannes and received the Grand Prize of the Special View competition program, as well as six awards from the Transylvania Festival, special awards from Chicago, Copenhagen and dozens of other awards. This is the work that has become a symbol of the new Romanian cinema.
Bulgarian viewers know Christy Puyu and from his films “Aurora” (“Aurora“, 2010) and“Sierra Nevada” (“Sieranevada“, 2016), presented with great success at previous editions of Sofia Film Fest.
The director was president of the International Jury of the 21st SFF in 2017. His latest film “The mansion” (“Manor House“, 2020) will be shown at the 25th Sofia Film Fest. The story recreates philosophical discussions from the early twentieth century between five aristocratic heroes who spend the Christmas holidays in a remote country mansion. The film is based on the utopian-philosophical text of the Russian thinker Vladimir Solovyov.Three dialogues about the war, progress and the end of historyWritten shortly before his death in 1900.
The film “Sieranevada” (2016) by Romanian screenwriter and director Christie Puyu.
“Cinema is a tool for the study of reality, for the study of life. But another question actually arises: why do feature films exist? In fact, fictional stories come from our minds. They become evidence of a certain way of thinking, of looking at the world. The camera does not move accidentally, it has a purpose. And in fact cinema, feature films can be a kind of anthropological means of observation – of the world that is outside of us, and of the world that exists in our heads,“- shares Christy Puyu.
Terry Gilliam is a unique phenomenon in cinema – versatile talent, rebel, provocateur, acclaimed master of visual storytelling, director-era and an extremely important part of the explosive creative team “Monty Python”, famous worldwide for his inimitable films and specific sense of humor, which everyone recognizes.
Terry Gilliam during the filming of “Jabberwocky” in 1976 (Photo: Getty Images)
The history of Sofia Film Fest and Music Film Fest from the 90s of the twentieth century are inextricably linked with the great “Monty Python” and it is no coincidence that our guests in the 25-year history of the festival were Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Gilliam himself. The three are carriers of The prize of Sofia to the Sofia Municipality for its contribution to the art of cinema.
Terry Gilliam He is the author of numerous entertaining, absurd and fantasy films, has won two BAFTA awards, four awards from the Venice Film Festival, Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as well as many other prestigious film awards. .
The comedy group Monty Python, created by the British Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idol, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and the American Terry Gilliam. (Photo: Getty Images)
In 1975, Gilliam’s debut directorial film was released on the big screen.Monty Python and the Holy Grail”(Co-directed by Terry Jones), one of the most entertaining and iconic films for the comedy group to date.
In the 80’s Terry Gilliam made some of his most famous films – the picturesque tale of time thieves.Bandits in time”(1981), which became a real hit in America, as well as the epoch-making workBrazil”(1985), a symbol and image of the hopeless battle with the omnipotent bureaucracy of the totalitarian state, the dreamy man-official in flight to the dreamed of love and freedom. This is the film that earned Gilliam the nickname “difficult director.”
A scene from the film “Brazil” (1985) by Terry Gilliam.
The Triumphal “The king of fishermen”(1991) was accepted in Hollywood as the first commercial production of the artist. Five years later, Gilliam created the remarkable “12 monkeys”(1995) – a story about a world destroyed by a deadly virus, which became one of the cult films of the 90s, and Brad Pitt received an Oscar nomination for supporting role. There are many more masterfully presented stories, among which “Dr. Parnassus’s deal” (2009), “Theorem Zero”(2013) – presented personally in Sofia by its author, as well as the unique one with the history and vicissitudes in the work on it”The man who killed Don Quixote“. The program of the 25th Sofia Film Fest includes the masterpiece “Brazil”.
Christy Puy and Terry Gilliam will have special online master classes, which will be moderated by leading film critics and broadcast on the websites of FIPRESCI and Sofia Film Fest as part of the 25th anniversary edition of the festival.