Sunday, April 26, 2015
Manor Theater – Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill)
JFilm, the Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum, announces the Pittsburgh premiere of a popular Bulgarian movie as part of its 2015 film festival: “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Bulgaria’s submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film.
“Bulgarian Rhapsody” tells the story of a love triangle that envelopes three teenagers during the tumultuous summer of 1943 in Bulgaria. Best friends Moni and Giogio practice kissing on pin-up girl posters, listen to jazz, and recite lines made famous by Gable and Bogart. They both fall for Moni’s alluring cousin who comes to visit from across the border in Greece. But, inevitably, the war brings everything back to reality despite Bulgaria’s refusal to deport its Jews. The film creates a vivid look at the culture of the time and place, including a score filled with Balkan folk and klezmer-style melodies and terrific acting by the three young leads.
Bulgarian filmmaker Ivan Nichev directed the film. It stars a number of Bulgarian actors and is presented in Bulgarian, German and Ladino with subtitles. The film contains brief nudity.
Dr. Michael Naragon, Chair of the History Department at Winchester-Thurston School, will introduce the film and lead a Q&A discussion afterwards. The film is sponsored by Classrooms Without Borders.
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