ALIENATION - THE MOVIE
Conceived and Directed by Milko Lazarov
Executive producer / Christo Jivkov, Veselka Kiryakova
Starring / Christos Stergioglou, Mariana Jikich, Ovanes Torosian,
Neda Iskrenova, Iva Ognyanova, Kitodar Todorov, Dora Markova
Screenplay by Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov, Georgi Tenev
Director of Photography / Kaloyan Bozhilov
Production designer Vanina Geleva
Edited by Veselka Kiryakova
Produced by BNT/RED CARPET
Run time: 77 min.
A man (Christos Stergioglou) driving an old-fashioned car is crossing the border. He is Greek and has passed his fifties. He is coming to Bulgaria to buy a child. Jorgos has prepared a secret compartment in the boot of the car masked as a gas tank so that he could smuggle the child. The baby is not born yet and the Greek needs to wait in a secluded house in the mountains together with the mother (Mariana Jikich), her deaf-mute brother (Ovanes Torosian) and the midwife. The birth is starting in a stormy night.
“Alienation” is my first feature film. I have been working on it since 2008. I was rather determined to tell a parable story than to follow the scary script of this grim business: selling a newborn baby to a foreigner. It’s not a manual how to buy a baby in poor Bulgaria. It’s an itinerary to how to lose yourself. The forest became my ancient desert in “Alienation”. Back in 2008 Goethe’s ‘Erlkoenig’ was my inspiration. Later the script was written and I was in a desperate search of an actor. I invited the renowned Greek actor Christos Stergioglou. He read the script and by surprise said ‘Yes’. This was one more key stone of the structure of “Alienation” I was building: my story, my outlook, my forest, my 16mm, no music, less dialogue, no more than whisperings and couple of Greek songs.
- Venice Film Festival, 2013: Special mention from Europa Cinemas Label, Best young director from FEDEORA
- Sofia International Film Festival, 2013: Best Bulgarian Feature Film
- Warsaw Film Festival, 2013: Grand prize in "1-2 competition"
- Bulgarian film academy, 2014: Best Feature Movie, Best First Feature Movie, Best Director, Best Editing
- Golden Rose, 2014: Best Director, Best Cinematography
ALIENATION was presented at: Busan International Film Festival 2013, Sao Paolo International Film Festival 2013, Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2013, TOFIFEST 2013, Napoli International Film Festival 2013, Athens International Film Festival 2013, Barcelona Auteur International Film Festival, 2013, Vilnius International Film Festival 2014, Pula International Film Festival 2014, Sarajevo International Film Festival 2014, Cineast International Film Festival 2014