The Father

Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Ivanka. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cellphone, Vasil seeks out the help of a well-known psychic in order to contact his wife. His son Pavel tries to bring him to his senses, but Vasil insists on doing things his own way… @The Father@ is an intimate family drama about the difficulties of connecting with those close to us, featuring many of the carefully arranged absurd or comic situations typical for the Bulgarian filmmaking duo. (Lenka Tyrpáková, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov: Kristina Grozeva, born in 1976, and Petar Valchanov, born in 1982, are a writer-producer-director-couple based in Sofia, Bulgaria, who have been working together ever since film academy. Their fiction feature debut "The Lesson" was awarded at numerous international festivals. "The Father" won the main prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Film Selection: Bashtata (The Father, 2019) - Slava (Glory, 2016, CE'17) - Urok (The Lesson, 2014, CE'15) - Reki bez mostove (Bridgeless Rivers, 2013, doc) - Skok (Jump, 2012, short)
Crossing Europe Extracts 2020
Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Bulgaria / Greece 2019
87 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Cinematography Krum Rodriguez
Editing Petar Valchanov
Sound/Sounddesign Tencho Moskov
Music Hristo Namliev
With Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov
Producer(s) Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou
Abraxas Film, Graal Films
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status 
Austrian Premiere

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019