Geraldine Chaplin to Honor Bulgarian Movie's Premiere in Sofia

Society » CULTURE | September 15, 2011, Thursday // 16:38
Bulgaria: Geraldine Chaplin to Honor Bulgarian Movie's Premiere in Sofia The combination of a stylish dress and sneakers was no coincidence, Bulgarian National Television's correspondent to Russia, Vasko Mihaylov has reported. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Golden Globe-nominated actress Geraldine Chaplin will arrive in Sofia to witness the premiere of the Bulgarian movie "Ketsove" ("Sneakers''), which impressed her deeply during an international film festival.

The official premiere is to take place on October 28 in the Bulgarian capital, the Dnevnik daily informs.

At the beginning of July, Chaplin was head of the jury at the Moscow International Film Festival. At the award ceremony, she appeared in sneakers in order to protest against the Bulgarian movie not receiving an award.

Even though Chaplin and other jury members insisted on awarding the Bulgarian contestant, the organizers did not allow it, since they claimed the selection of the awards should be "balanced", Chaplin told the Bulgarian National Television's correspondent back then.

Comments followed that "balanced" referred to alleged political reasons behind the awards, with Bulgarians stating that a Russian movie had to receive a prize, leaving no place for the Bulgarian one among the winners.

"Sneakers" still received an honorable mention on behalf of the jury, which is not a common practice. The movie was also widely acclaimed by critics and regular viewers alike during the festival, on which it debuted.

"I will be wearing sneakers until the movie is awarded at some point," Geraldine Chaplin declared, according to the correspondent.

"Sneakers", the debut feature of young directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valeri Yordanov, was  one of the 17 selected for competition for the festival's prestigious Saint George award.

The film exudes a contagious energy that reflects the zeitgeist of a generation according to critics, cited by Euronews.

"Sneakers" tells the story of six young people trying escape from the failures in their families, love lives and ambitions, fleeing the big city to settle at the quiet sea coast.

A trailer for the new movie can be seen HERE.

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