LETTER TO AMERICA

LETTER TO AMERICA

Original Title: Pismo do Amerika

Synopsis

´Can a long-lost song save a friend from death in a New York hospital?´

Kamen an aspiring theatre director emigrates from Bulgaria to America to work in New York. His best friend Ivan a frustrated, but aspiring writer, stays behind in Sofia with his girl-friend Nina. One night, Ivan learns that his best friend has suffered a possibly fatal car accident in New York and is in hospital in a coma. Denied an America visa to be by his friend, Ivan hitch-hikes across Bulgaria armed with a video camera to the village where Kamen was born in search of his friend´s grandmother. He remembers that she used to sing a song `About life that passes as a Shadow`, a song that can resurrect the dead according to Bulgarian folklore. A song that may save his friend´s life. Ivan´s odyssey explores friendship, sanity, myth, faith, inspiration, death, life and hope.

Technical Information

2000; Bulgaria, Netherlands, Germany, Hungary; Drama, Road-movie; 105 minutes; 35mm; 1:1.66; Dolby SR; Original Language: Bulgarian; Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish

DIRECTOR

Iglika Triffonova

WRITER

Iglika Triffonova

D.O.P.

Rali Ralchev

EDITOR

Yodanka Bachvarova, Floor Smal

MUSIC

Milcho Leviev

PRODUCTION COMPANY

KLAS Film, Phanta Vision, National Film Centre, EURIMAGES, ZDF/arte, Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation

CO-PRODUCER

Boyana Film, Bulgarian National TV

PRODUCER

Rossitsa Valkanova, Petra Goedings, Laszlo Kantor

SOUND

Robert Juhasz

Ivan

Philip Avramov

Nina

Ana Papadopulu

Kamen

Peter Antonov

The Counsellor

And Barret

Seidgy

Yoshihiro Terazono

Mitko

Dimitar Krivokapov

Doda Petra

Svetlana Yancheva

GLIKA TRIFFONOVA

IGLIKA TRIFFONOVA studied film & TV at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Art in Sofia. Her career began with a series of documentaries, the first being YEAR OF 1990 (45 min), documenting the year after the fall of the Berlin wall. The film was selected by numerous festivals (Marseilles, Oberhausen, Potsdam) and won First prize at “Prix Futura”, Berlin, 1991. Among her other works of this time are POSSIBLE DISTANCES (1992), about the distances separating a Bulgarian man and a Turkish woman – called by the critics a “documentary love story” – and MURDER STORIES (1993), being the confessions of three men who have committed murder – the film was at Marseilles and Mannheim and was awarded The Golden Rose for best Bulgarian Documentary in 1994. The film played an important role in forming the public opinion during the debate against the death penalty held in Bulgarian in the early 90s and had a strong influence on the themes contained in THE INVESTIGATION.

Her first feature was LETTER TO AMERICA (2000), and was awarded 9 national prizes, including the Bulgarian nomination for the 2001 Oscar awards for best foreign film and was selected by over 45 international festivals.

THE INVESTIGATION (2006) is her 2nd feature. It has been awarded 11 national prizes and 7 international awards so far.

Iglika lives in Sofia with her husband, the actor Hristo Gurbov, who plays the husband in THE INVESTIGATION.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2006 The Investigation

2001 Letter to Amerika

 

Feature Documentary

1995 Po patya

1994 Portret na edna aktrisa

1992 Vazmozhni razstoyaniya

1990 Leto gospodne 1990

 

Short

1993 Razkazi za ubiystva

2014

CULTURARTS IVAC

Oct 07 – Nov 20

FESTIVAL INTL. DE CINE DE DONOSTIA

Sep 19 – 27

2010

MOLODIST KYIV INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 23 – 31

MANAKI BROTHERS FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 16 – 22

2002

 

ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL

Special Prize of the Jury

Aug 21

2000

 

BULGARIAN NATIONAL FF

Audience Prize, Faculty of Journalism Prize, Best Film (student prize)

Mar 09

 

BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Special Prize of the Jury

Mar 09

 

NATIONAL BULGARIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Best Music, Best Young Actress, Critics’ prize

Mar 09

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