Bulgaria's Tilt Eyes Golden Globe NominationCulture | October 7, 2011, Friday // 15:16| views
"Tilt", which was recently selected as the Bulgarian nomination for the US Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, has now entered the race for nominations in the same category of the Golden Globe.
"Tilt", which marks the debut of director Viktor Chuchkov Jr. and producer Borislav Chuchkov, was screened on October 2 in Los Angeles to an audience of many local journalists and some members of the jury, which will pick the nominations for the prestigious film prize.
"Whether the film can attract the kind of awards season attention that often leads to wide international distribution remains to be seen. But even if it can't it should still serve as a useful industry calling card for first time director Viktor Chouchkov and his brother, producer and co-writer Borislav," the Screen Daily commented this week.
According to the article the production values of the movie are notably strong, with Rali Raltchev contributing atmospheric cinematography and director Chouchkov moonlighting to deliver an effective music score.
The movie will also enter a fierce competition with productions from around the world, seeking to be picked among the five films nominated in the category for the Oscars, one of which will grab the prestigious award at a ceremony in February 2012.
Following its hugely successful official premiere in Bulgaria on February 11, which sent it straight to the top of the box office list, the movie has already been screened at 10 international film festivals with nine more ahead. The list features the festivals in Santa Barbara, Gothenburg, Montreal, Singapore, Raindance (London), Woodstock.
"Tilt" is reaping immense success in the United States, where it has been selected to feature at five festivals, including the one in Seattle, the largest in the country. The movie made it to the second spot in the audience vote ratings among 450 productions from around the world.
The movie is a co-production with "ostlicht filmproduktion" from Germany and the Bulgarian National Television. Script consultants are Bernd Lichtenberg ("Goodbye Lenin") and Bill Forsyth.
The main actors in "Tilt" are the new stars of Bulgarian cinema: Yavor Baharov, Radina Kardzhilova, Ivaylo Dragiev and Ovanes Torosyan.
The story opens in 1989 Sofia, where handsome rebel Stash (played by Yavor Baharov from Bulgarian TV series Glass Home) and his friends Angel (Ivaylo Dragiev), Gogo (Ovanes Torosyan) and B-Gum (Alexander Sano) make cash for pinball and skateboarding by dealing in illegal German porn videos.
When Stash starts dating the equally rebellious Becky (Radina Kardzhilova, also from Glass Home) the girl's policeman father (Georgy Staykov, recently seen in the Danish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) arrests the gang and threatens prison if Stash doesn't break off the relationship.
Taking advantage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the boys flee to Germany and hook up with other emigres trying to make it in the West. When they hear of Bulgaria's velvet revolution, however, they head home, only to find that the people they left behind have changed just as radically as the country's politics.