Sat 5 Oct

The Father

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

63rd BFI London Film Festival

85min

With English subtitles (EST)

Bulgaria-Greece-Italy | 2019 | Dir Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Prod Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou | Scr Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov | With Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov

Based on a real-life event, writer-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov became fascinated by how a ‘completely rational person can fall for the supernatural’. After the phone call from his dead wife, Vasil (Ivan Savov) contacts a well-known psychic and attempts to locate his wife’s aura by sleeping in the woods. His son Pavel – a brilliant serio-comic performance by Ivan Barnev – is forced to accompany him on his quixotic journey while attempting to bring him to his senses. The contrasts between the artist-dissident father and mild mannered son operate on several levels, providing an intimate take on the absurdities of everyday life, pointing to social and personal divisions both past and present.

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