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Granitza

A Feature film by Ilian Simeonov, Christian Notchev

Produced by Mbsa

Release in France : 31/05/1995

    Synopsis

    The 1970's, Autumn, high in the mountains on the Southern Bulgarian border. A military bus is bumping along a road, carrying new soldiers. They arrive at a small military border post in a former monastery. The border post has its own laws which are similar to those of the outside world, except that they are pushed to the point of the absurd and the grotesquely sinister. Each of the boys arrived with their own personalities. Oafish and funny at the start, their characters and reactions will be tarnished by the series of frustations imposed on them by a mad lieutenant, by the fake relationships concealing crimes and by the absurdity of the system they are protecting. Violence will become the daily feature of life in this small border post.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Mbsa

    French distribution :

    Pierre Grise Distribution

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Mbsa

    Subject

    "I'm very happy to be the first independent producer in Bulgaria, after the long period of state control that Bulgarian production has gone through. I'm happy to be able to work with French coproducers because French cinema has taught me a lot ever since I was a young man. I'm delighted that various people and organizations have helped forge cultural relations between France and Bulgaria, just as our respective national offices for cinema have done (...) This film is called "Granitza", which means border, because it's currently the most topical word in the world, because on top of the borders of the former USSR, those of Yugoslavia and the Arab countries, there are borders in people's minds that have to disappear. I thank all those who read this."

    (Plamen Maslarov - Producer)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Maurice Brover

    Director of Photography :

    Plamen Antonov

    Production managers :

    Bono Bonev, Maurice Brover

    Editor :

    Ara Mutribian

    Music Composer :

    Teodossi Spassov

    Screenwriter :

    Emile Tonev

    Sound Recordist :

    Svetozar Gueorgiev

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie Queysanne

    Production Designer :

    Giorgy Todorov

    Still Photographer :

    Plamen Antonov

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    Bulgarian

    Production country :

    Bulgaria

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Bulgaria)

    Production year :

    1994

    French release :

    31/05/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    82.792

    Visa issue date :

    17/05/1994

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Directors (2)