Essential Bulgarian Films

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1. Yesterday (1988)

84 min | Drama

The 1960s was the time of Beatles and Rolling Stones, the time of sexual revolution. These events have their echo in Bulgarian English-learning school. The school order provokes a protest of the students due to the narrow-minded teachers.

Director: Ivan Andonov | Stars: Hristo Shopov, Georgi Staykov, Sofiya Kuzeva, Svetla Todorova

Votes: 3,016

2. Vsichko e lyubov (1979)

102 min | Drama

A boy from a poor Sofia neighborhood - Rado who is orphan and has committed several petty crimes - is sent to a borstal, or, to put it otherwise becomes a juvenile prisoner. Unfortunately, ... See full summary »

Director: Borislav Sharaliev | Stars: Ivan Ivanov, Yanina Kasheva, Valcho Kamarashev, Ibish Orhanov

Votes: 454

3. The Goat Horn (1972)

R | 105 min | Drama

The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan, raping and killing his wife in full view ... See full summary »

Director: Metodi Andonov | Stars: Katya Paskaleva, Anton Gorchev, Milen Penev, Todor Kolev

Votes: 2,300

4. Avantazh (1977)

138 min | Drama

The action takes place during the socialist period in Bulgaria. The central character, nicknamed the Cock is an artistic personality, a man of strong character known as the king of the ... See full summary »

Director: Georgi Djulgerov | Stars: Rousy Chanev, Plamen Donchev, Maria Statulova, Plamena Getova

Votes: 185

5. Momcheto si otiva (1972)

101 min | Drama

The action centers on Ran and his schoolmates who are in the last year of school. They are only a few days away from the day when they will have to make a decisive choice: what are they ... See full summary »

Director: Lyudmil Kirkov | Stars: Nevena Kokanova, Filip Trifonov, Sashka Bratanova, Kiril Gospodinov

Votes: 378

6. Barierata (1979)

148 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In this picture, the barrier epitomizes the line between reality and dreams, the pattern of harmony and happiness. The delicate, pretty, sensitive Dorotea and the sedate middle-aged ... See full summary »

Director: Christo Christov | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Vania Tzvetkova, Yevgeniya Barakova, Maria Dimcheva

Votes: 156

7. Byalata staya (1968)

83 min | Drama

Psychological drama. A critical situation confronts the individual with a plethora of moral, social and political problems.

Director: Metodi Andonov | Stars: Apostol Karamitev, Elena Rainova, Dorotea Toncheva, Konstantin Kotsev

Votes: 112

8. Hedgehogs Are Born Without Spines (1971)

84 min | Comedy, Family

Three novels deal with the mentality of the children, their agitations, and the merry and sad things in their everyday life. The movie is created with a lot of humor, cheerfulness, and great love for the kids.

Director: Dimitar Petrov | Stars: Ivaylo Dzhambazov, Neyko Neykov, Petar Peychev, Andrey Slabakov

Votes: 350

9. Gospodin za edin den (1983)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

This film is a comedy about a poor man, named Poorco. Poorco always fails in his attempt to escape from poverty. The film illustrates the social and the moral atmosphere in Bulgaria during the 1930's.

Director: Nikolai Volev | Stars: Todor Kolev, Yordanka Stefanova, Itschak Fintzi, Stoyan Gudev

Votes: 1,048

10. Trimata glupatzi (1970)

10 min | Animation, Short

11 short satiric stories about the marvelous misadventures of The Three Fools created and directed by the Bulgarian cartoonist Donyo Donev. The first episode was released in 1970 and the last one in 1990.

Director: Donyo Donev

Votes: 137

11. Trimata glupatzi - atleti (1979)

Animation, Short, Comedy

11 short satiric stories about the marvelous misadventures of The Three Fools created and directed by the Bulgarian cartoonist Donyo Donev. The first episode was released in 1970 and the last one in 1990.

Director: Donyo Donev

Votes: 50

12. The Peach Thief (1964)

84 min | Drama, Romance, War

A wife of a Bulgarian Army officer falls in love with a Serbian prisoner at the end of World war I.

Director: Vulo Radev | Stars: Nevena Kokanova, Rade Markovic, Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vasil Vachev

Votes: 739

13. Opasen char (1984)

90 min | Comedy, Thriller

He is well educated, charming, and gallant - a dream for each lonely lady. In reality he is a skillful swindler, who robs naive women. Cheating merchants with guilty consciences are his ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Andonov | Stars: Todor Kolev, Nevena Kokanova, Stefan Mavrodiyev, Lyuben Chatalov

Votes: 1,471

14. Aszparuh (1981)

323 min | Drama, History, War

This is an epic screen presentation showing the creation, the consolidation and the power of First Bulgarian Kingdom and the first Bulgarian ruler Khan Asparuh.

Director: Ludmil Staikov | Stars: Stoyko Peev, Antony Genov, Vassil Mihajlov, Vania Tzvetkova

Votes: 765

15. Dvoynikat (1980)

98 min | Comedy

Prof. Denev is a talented scientist, but he cannot divide his time between the social and the scientific life. Suddenly he gets the idea to bring his cousin Ivan from the village. They look... See full summary »

Director: Nikolai Volev | Stars: Todor Kolev, Pavel Popandov, Yordanka Kuzmanova, Radosveta Vassileva

Votes: 552

16. S detza na more (1972)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

A film about the funny adventures of a group of children, spending their holidays at the seaside.

Director: Dimitar Petrov | Stars: Petar Peychev, Ivaylo Dzhambazov, Emil Petrov, Krasimir Marianov

Votes: 807

17. Ritzar bez bronya (1966)

85 min | Drama, Family

Impersonating a knight is one of the favorite games of nine-year-old protagonist. Now as Don Quixote, now as D'Artagnan he is fighting evil, he is searching for justice and defending the ... See full summary »

Director: Borislav Sharaliev | Stars: Apostol Karamitev, Oleg Kovachev, Mariya Rusalieva, Tzvyatko Nikolov

Votes: 284

18. Time of Violence (1988)

R | 288 min | Drama

In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is... See full summary »

Director: Ludmil Staikov | Stars: Max Freeman, Rousy Chanev, Ivan Krystev, Anya Pencheva

Votes: 1,936

19. Ot nishto neshto (1979)

91 min | Comedy

A famous sports journalist visits his former classmate and close friend in the country. He is greeted by his friend's wife, who informs him that the master of the house will return tomorrow... See full summary »

Director: Nikola Rudarov | Stars: Asen Kisimov, Stefan Danailov, Aneta Sotirova, Stefan Kostov

Votes: 231

20. All for Love (1986)

92 min | Drama

This is a film about the general collision between the generations. The film tells us the story of a 14 year old boy and his father, and the way they fight over all the problems.

Director: Nikolai Volev | Stars: Velko Kynev, Ivan Velkov, Maria Statulova, Leda Taseva

Votes: 548

21. Toplo (1978)

97 min | Comedy

A tenement house needs to have steam heating installed. The residents find the necessary workers to do it, sign the contract and pay them in advance. The workers show up and start their job... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Yanchev | Stars: Naum Shopov, Konstantin Kotsev, Stoyan Stoychev, Georgi Cherkelov

Votes: 945

22. Dami kanyat (1980)

95 min | Comedy

A couple of young ladies decide to obtain a driving license. The film is a true comedy of relations, caused between the driving-teacher and the beginner-drivers.

Director: Ivan Andonov | Stars: Stefan Danailov, Tzvetana Maneva, Mariana Dimitrova, Nevena Kokanova

Votes: 699

23. Osadeni dushi (1975)

141 min | Drama, Romance, War

The events of the film are related to the Civil War in Spain. This is a film about the beauty of love - exotic and tragic and the maze of human feelings.

Director: Vulo Radev | Stars: Jan Englert, Edit Szalay, Rousy Chanev, Mariana Dimitrova

Votes: 449

24. Tyutyun (1962)

150 min | Drama

The film is a screen version of the novel by Dimitar Dimov (1909-1966) and deals with the conflicts and contradictions in Bulgarian society during a period stretching from the early thirties to the end of the Second World War.

Director: Nikola Korabov | Stars: Nevena Kokanova, Yordan Matev, Miroslava Stoyanova, Ivan Kasabov

Votes: 272

25. Mila ot Mars (2004)

91 min | Drama

A 16-old girl runs away from a dangerous man and gets into a faraway village near the border. Soon she finds out the only inhabitants there - nine old men and women - make their living by ... See full summary »

Director: Zornitsa Sophia | Stars: Vesela Kazakova, Assen Blatechki, Zlatina Todeva, Yordan Bikov

Votes: 1,218

26. The Lesson (2014)

Unrated | 111 min | Drama

68 Metascore

In a small Bulgarian town Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out herself?

Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Stars: Margita Gosheva, Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Stefan Denolyubov

Votes: 2,159

27. Georgi and the Butterflies (2004)

60 min | Documentary

The incredible adventures in capitalism of psychiatrist Dr. Georgi Lulchev and the Home #6 for Psychologically Challenged Men.

Director: Andrey Paounov | Star: Georgi Lulchev

Votes: 214



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