Freedom is the link between creation and freedomEven the most obvious.
Mina was a teenager when I animated a short film and was invited to West German festivals. It was everyone’s dream to get a German Visa in Bulgaria during the 1990s. People lined up for days, sometimes even weeks, to take turns sleeping in their cars and be accompanied by armed guards at the German Embassy in Sofia. The guards called me back from the back and allowed me to pass when I arrived for my visa. 15 minutes later, I was granted a German visa. I was asked by the villager if it was difficult to make a movie. They agreed that it was worth the effort.
This anecdote sums up our ambition with Vesela: to make films, present them internationally, and discover new cultures. “Cat in the Wall,” our first fiction was made entirely in London. It focuses on pressing British issues, as well as Brexit.
Making a film for Vesela and me is an urgent call, a cry, or a howl for freedom. This urgency is evident in our work, and it is easily felt by the general public.
When we made our first film, “Uncle Tony, Тhree Fools and the Secret Service”, we were sued both by members of the film industry and by institutions, and faced persecution in our country. . It was unbelievable that a simple portrait of a French-speaking artist could create such tension. We were asked to remove the terms « Secret Service »As if the title did not refer any reality. Our film guild has launched an appeal for ostracism to stop our funding.
The wider political context has not allowed Bulgaria to erase the traces of communism and totalitarianism. Lustration, the disarmament of former secret service agents as claimed by most Eastern European nations, has not been implemented in Bulgaria yet. This would be especially relevant today because Petkov and Vasilev are two young men who will form a government heavily influenced from the agents of the former totalitarian dictatorship.
Vesela, and I, feel a strong desire for freedom. We work on Europe’s borders and fear the apprehension that a Bulgaria will be subject to the Soviet empire like our Belarusian or Ukrainian compatriots. We both grew up with dissidents in families. My grandfather was a dissident who spent over 20 years in prison and communist camps because he spoke out against the regime. He was a former priest and a radical leftist. However, he became less radical after seeing the Soviet army march through Sofia.
Our political and socio-political discernment was born out of our fear of losing what little freedom we have as part of the European Union. He also helped us to create our own directing style. We want to allow our actors and the entire team to be free to express themselves and to have the opportunity to work together. This is a result of our approach, which critics often describe as “. “Documentary”Or from “Freestyle”It gives off a strong sense of reality. It is a fictional approach, and the realistic style is the result a lot effort and will. These are sometimes called “strange” or “fantastic”. “Documentary plans”To achieve the desired effect, you will need ten to fifteen shots. Our staging is usually covered, so that it is invisible and unobtrusive.
This is paradoxically because it can be seen as messy, unorganized, and crude. Our work is not considered cinematographic. We both admit that we are not directors. Both of us have degrees in animation and the other in finance and theater.
Many times, we are offered help as our skills, as women, may not be adequate and may need supervision. Male colleagues often suggest that we edit our writing a bit to make it more homogeneous. We are fortunate to have two of us which makes it much easier for us both to be heard.
When it comes to freedom, women are often the most depressed, especially if their children are young. They should be encouraged, regardless of whether or not they are in management, to get out of their kitchens more often. This idea will be supported by the fact that we will wear our tshirts during the festival with the mention “Housewife”.
Text translated by Ed Hazelwood from English