USA/Bulgaria |
2023 |
112 мин.

Script: Jordan Trippeer
Director: Sissy Denkova
Cinematography: Paola Trulin
Music: Jonathan Kirkscey

Cast: Ivan Barnev, Albena Koleva, Toncho Tokmakchiev, Albena Mihova, Yoana Bukovska-Davidova, Ivan Petrushinov, Reni Vrangova, Georgi Zlatarev, Maria Bobeva, Ivaylo Dimitrov, Janet Ivanova

Production: Reflective Project Pictures – Sissy Denkova
Co-production: Gold Leaf Films – Megan Key Jordan

Supported by The Film Collaborative; Memphis Film & TV Commission, TN Entertainment Commission, USA

Recent immigrant Stefan (Ivan Barnev) moves into the Bulgarian enclave in suburban Tennessee, where comical rivalries, suspicions, and hijinks conspire to come between him and his American Dream.

Migrating to the US from Bulgaria at the age of 10, Tzvetana ‘Sissy’ Denkova spent a decade in NYC, studying and working in theatre and independent film. She directed No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre at the 45th Street Theater. In short-film work, she made The Bureau of Short-Term Affairs and two 16mm films titled Bklyn’17 and Sabine. Then she became involved in film development at Gidden Media in Los Angeles. In 2021, Sissy directed her debut feature, Scent of Linden. The team acquired US Immigration approval for 8 Bulgarian Artist Visas for a star cast, making the feature the first ever Bulgarian-American film produced entirely in the United States. Denkova is a script consultant and a member of the LA Women in Film and Film Independent.