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The History of Bulgarian Cinema from 1898 to the Present Day

     
     
  1898  
     
    Ferencz Echer gives the country’s first public screening. [MORE]
     
     
     
  1910  
     
   

– The country’s first film, Bagaran e Galant (Bulgarian’s are Gallant) is produced by Vassil Gendov.   Five years later he will produce a full-length version. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1914  
     
    Films of Note
     
    Such is War [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1915  
     
  13/1 - Vassil Gendov makes Balgaran e Galant, the country’s first feature film.   It is a remake of his 1910 short of the same name. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1917  
     
    Films of Note
     
    Lyubovta e ludost (Vasil Gendov) [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1922  
     
  22/12 - Nikolai Larine’s Pod Staroto Nebe, the first feature-length Bulgarian film, premieres at the Theatre Moderne in Sofia. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1933  
 
  2/10 - The country’s first sound film, Vassili Guendov’s Buntat na rabite (The Slave’s Revolt) premieres at the Modern Theatre in Sofia. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1934  
     
  27/11 - Peter Stojchev’s Pesenta na Balkana (The Song of the Mountains), Bulgaria’s first sound film, is released. [MORE] [ADD]
   
   
   
  1948  
     
    – The Bulgarian State Film Industry establishes a department of cartoon and puppet films.  [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1950  
     
  20/3 - Boris Borozanov’s Kalin orelat, the first feature film made in Bulgaria since the nationalisation of the industry by the communist government, is released.   Ivan Dimov stars in the title role. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1951  
     
  19/2 - Zahari Zhandov’s Trevoga (Alarm), the first film fully produced at Boyana Film since the industry’s nationalisation in 1948, is released. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1952  
     
    Dimo Lingurski’s puppet animation, Master Manol (The Fearful Bomb), is the first colour film made in Bulgaria. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1955  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Yunak Marko (Todor Dinov) [MORE] [ADD}

     
     
     
  1958  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Na malkija ostrov (On the Small Island) (Rangel Vulchanov) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1964  
     
    Films of Note
     
    Kradetzat na praskovi (1964)
     
   

Kradetzat na praskovi (The Peach Thief) (Vulo Radev) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1967  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Otklonenie (Sidetrack) (Grisha Ostrovski, Todor Stoianov) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1969  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Ikonostasyt (Iconostasis) (Todor Dinov, Hristo Hristov) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1979  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

The Unknown Soldier’s Patent Leather Shoes (Rangel Vulchanov) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1988  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Time of Violence (Ludmil Staikov) [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Where Do We Go From Here? (Rangel Vulchanov) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1989  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Ivan and Alexandra (Ivan Nichev) [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Margarit and Margarita (Nikolai Volev) [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

The Prosecutor (Liubomir Sharlandjev) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1990  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Laguerat (Georgi Dyulgerov) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2010  
     
  11/6 - Dimitar Mitovski’s Mission London, a comedy about life at the Bulgarian Embassy in London becomes the most profitable Bulgarian film ever made. It earns 2.4 million Leva (£1 million) in its opening weeks, almost recouping it costs before going on international release. [ADD]
     
  14/12 -

Bulgarian filmmakers stage a third protest over the Culture Ministry’s failure to commit to a filmmaking budget by staging a march from the Culture Ministry to the Council of Ministers building in Sofia. [ADD]

     
     
     
  2011  
     
  1/4 -

Love.net, Ilian Djevelekov’s comedy about the trials of internet dating, is released.   The writers of the film based their storylines on responses from the users of country’s leading online dating agency to requests for stories about their encounters.   Hristo Shopov, Vladimir Penev, Zahari Baharov, Lilia Maraviglia, Koyna Ruseva and Diana Dobreva star. [ADD]

     
     
     

 

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