Damascena: The Transition (136’)
- Thu, 12/05/2019 - 18:30
Bulgaria, 2019, 136’, Color
Bulgarian; Turkish, English subtitled
Director: Alexandar Smolyanov
Screenplay: Stoyan Stoyanov, Maria Laleva, Alexandar Smolyanov, Hristian Nochev
Cinematography: Hristo Genkov
Editing: Svetlana Kirilova, Stoyan Velinov
Music: Georgy Strezov
Production: Damescena Film House, Stoyan Stoyanov, Concept Studio, Krastyo Lambev
Cast: Veselin Plachkov, Dimitar Banenkin, Neda Spasova, Alexander Tokiliev
This biographical drama follows the life of Techo - one of the biggest rose oil producers in Bulgaria nowadays and depicts the collision between his dream and the harsh political and social reality in Bulgaria during the past fifty years. Techo grows up during the communism in the Rose Valley. Following his passion, he becomes a technologist for the local rose distillery. Shortly after that, the communist regime collapses, and Techo’s goal to establish the first independent rose oil distillery seems within reach. The long years of political transition, however, affect both the business and his life dramatically. Thanks to his indefatigable efforts, Techo puts Bulgaria amongst the world’s leaders of rose oil production.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1969. He graduated as film director from Bulgarian National Theatre and Film Academy in 1996. He worked as screenwriter and film director in numerous films including Formal Logics (1996), Angel (2004), Koleda (2011), A bit of luck for later (2017).