With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Government and the Department of Culture of the city of Moscow

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ONCE THERE WAS A WAR
IMALO EDNA VOYNA

Director: HENRI KULEV
BULGARIA
2019, 119'

Is a war big or small for someone who has lost his life in it? It's a film-trip or, as it's called today, a road movie. The road to the war is a greater ordeal  than a battle… In an unprecedented march the forty-thousand strong Bulgarian Army, crossing from the southern to the western frontier of the country, covers the distance in less than two days and two nights with no roads, railway or other means of transport available… and wins the war. But this seemingly chaotic whirl of events will clearly follow the path of a young woman from the grave of her child to the death of her husband. And there will be the Cripple – a boy with his romantic urge to die for his Fatherland dying in the most important battle in life – for human dignity. There are also the bodies of two men clinging to each other in Death’s grip among the reeds in the mud. The war has made them enemies but they are more like bleeding Atlas Telamons with a peaceful sky steady on their shoulders.

Anri Kulev was born in 1940 in Shumen, Bulgaria. Graduated from State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow in 1975. He received a degree in Animation Graphics. In 1974/92, he worked at Boyana Animation Film Studio as director, artist and writer. In 1992, he founded Koulev Film Production. Since 1993, he has been lecturing at New Bulgarian University, Sofia. He was awarded the most important national prizes for cinema as well as the most significant international ones. At the Bienniale of Illustration in Bratislava in 2000 he was awarded the special Albin Brunovsky prize for outstanding contribution to the world animation cinema.

ScriptVladi Kirov
CameraSvetlana Ganeva
MusicLyubomir Denev
ProducerEleni Dekidis,
Anri Kulev
CastTsvetan Aleksiev,
Phillip Avramov,
Ben Cross,
Samuel Finzi,
Luiza Grigorova
ProductionBNT,
Kulev Film Production,
Shibuya Productions
World salesKulev Film Production

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