Bulgaria |
2023 |
94 мин.

Script: Georgi Dyulgerov
Director: Georgi Dyulgerov
Cinematography: Veselin Hristov
Music: Mira Iskarova

Cast: Plamen Dimov, Ivan Nikolov, Ivaylo Hristov

Production: Bulgarian National Television
Co-production: Borough Film – Vladimir Andreev; Doli Media Studio – Dobromir Chochov

Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center; Bulgarian National Television

Ten years after the event, Zahari Stoyanov approaches traitor Grandpa Valyu in an attempt to arrest him. At the site of Voivode Benkovski’s execution, the old man denies betraying him. Those present at the scene do not even know exactly who Benkovski was, which is why Zahari describes the voivode and his characteristic behaviour. Gradually, his recollections take him back to Benkovski’s last days: his first encounter with Grandpa Valyu, and the treacherous trap. Zahari spares the traitor, for the memory of a life of servitude is still alive in him.

Georgi Dyulgerov’s feature films have been shown at prestigious film festivals, including those in Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Montreal, Sarajevo. Avantage won the Silver Bear for Directing in Berlin (1978), Lady Z won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Feature Film (2005) and a further seven international awards, including Best Bulgarian Feature Film at the Sofia IFF 2006. From 1973 to 2010, Dyulgerov taught Film and TV Directing at Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. He is currently an honorary professor at NBU and a member of the European Film Academy.