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"America" Wins Best Director at Sofia International Film Festival

14. March 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

America, a feature-length film written and directed by Joao Nuno Pinto and jointly produced by Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Brazil, won the Best Director award at the 15th annual Sofia International Film Festival.


Starring Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova, America is the story of Liza, a young immigrant from Russia who longs to escape her Portuguese husband and the false passport business he created to smuggle illegal immigrants into the country. When a Ukrainian immigrant named Andrei falls for the beautiful Liza, the Russian sees the opportunity to escape her miserable life. However, things are not as as simple or straightforward as they first appear.  


The Grand Prix Award for best film in the international competition went to Shelter, a Bulgarian film directed by Dragomir Sholev.


Held in Bulgaria each March, the Sofia International Film Festival is dedicated to bringing the latest cinema trends to Bulgarian viewers and the latest in Bulgarian cinema to international viewers. This year’s festival ran from March 4 -13 and closed with a screening of the Russian Film The Edge. The Russian films How I Ended This Summer by Alexei Popogrebsky and Morphine by Alexei Balabanov were also screened outside the competition program.


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