Bojina Panayotova | France, Bulgaria 2018 | 83 Min. | OmeU

After twenty-five years spent in France, I return to Bulgaria, camera in hand, with a vertiginous suspicion: what if my family had collaborated with the political police of the communist regime?And what if they were part of the “red trash” that the demonstrators on the street want to see disappear? I decide to investigate and to film, constantly, ready for anything. My adventure transforms itself into a tragic comic odyssey, a mix of an espionage and a family film.

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Director: Bojina Panayotova
Cinematography and Sound: Bojina Panayotova / Xavier Sirven
Editing: Léa Chatauret / Elsa Jonquet / Bojina Panayotova
Producer: Roy Arida – Stank (Vincent Le Port, Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun, Louis Tardivier), Arnaud Dommerc – Andolfi

Berlinale, Festival de Sofia, Festival Balkan Trafik, Festival International du Film de La Rochelle, Festival de Séville, Underhill Fest, Festival de Douarnenez, Festival de Sakhaline, Message to Man, Saint-Pétersbourg, Aljazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival, Festival International Jean Rouch, Cineuropa, Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, Festival du Film d’Europe Centrale et Orientale, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Stockholm International Film Festival, Escales Documentaires, Festival Premiers Plans, Festival Repérages, Festival Passagers du réel, Festival Femmes en Cinéma, Festival2Valenciennes

Filmography as director
JE VOIS ROUGE (I see red people) – feature documentary, 2018, 83’, Stank/Andolfi
КОСМОНАВТИ (Cosmonauts) – short documentary, 2014, 27’, atelier documentaire
GOSPEL BULGARE (Bulgarian gospel) – sound documentary, 2011, 41’, Arte radio
À DOMICILE (Home Match) – short film, 2009, 9’, Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris La fémis/Arte
SI JE TOMBE (If I Fall) – short film, 2008, 24’, La fémis

Bojina was born in 1982, in Bulgaria. She was 8 years old when she arrived in France.
She acquired a Master in philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and then entered La Fémis. She directed several shorts selected in many international festivals (Home Match produced by Arte, Cosmonauts a short documentary, Bulgarian Gospel, a sound documentary produced by Arte radio etc.) and also works as a scriptwriter (Hope directed by Boris Lojkine and selected at La Semaine de la critique, Camille directed by Boris Lojkine in preproduction, In Limbo directed by Antoine Viviani).
I see red people is her first feature film as a director.