'Eastern Plays' Awarded Best Bulgarian Film for 2009

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Bulgaria: 'Eastern Plays' Awarded Best Bulgarian Film for 2009 A scene from"Eastern Plays" showing the two main characters, the brothers Hristo and Georgi. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian movie “Eastern Plays” won the award for best movie for 2009 at the Bulgarian Film Academy ceremony Wednesday night.

The movie director, Kamen Kalev, was also awarded for best director and for a debut in feature film.

This is one of the many awards “Eastern Plays” has won in Bulgaria, as well as in international film festivals, including the Sofia, Bratislava, Warsaw and Las Palmas International Film Festivals.

The movie was the first Bulgarian movie in the last 20 years to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.

Kamen Kalev was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1975. He studied film making in Paris, and has directed and produced several award-winning short movies. He has also produced more than 60 commercials and music videos.

This film "Eastern Plays" also won awards for best director and best actor at the Tokyo Film Festival in October 2009. Hristo Hristov, the winning actor, sadly died shortly before the completion of shooting. The film is dedicated to him, a lifelong friend of Kalev.

Eastern Plays” is about two brothers who had lost all contact and were suddenly brought together when they took opposite sides in a racist beating between neo-Nazis and a Turkish family. Both have personal dilemmas to resolve, and realize that only by reuniting would they both be able to assess what they really wanted from life.

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