a bulgarian film critic living in london LAHP-funded PhD Student at King's College London programmer for Cambridge Film Festival Member of FEDEORA, FIPRESCI, and BAFTSS
Programming panel for the 41st Cambridge Film Festival
“The connective tissue is the thing that disconnects” — An Interview with Charlie Shackleton
interview with the director of "The Afterlight", Charlie Shakleton.
Human is only human when vulnerable: An Interview With Michel Franco
the first English-language profile interview of Mexican writer-director Michel Franco.
The Cinema of Yorgos Lanthimos
A chapter in a hard-back/ebook from Bloomsbury Academic.
Behind the surreal, satirical lens of Binka Zhelyazkova, Bulgaria’s prolific female director
In August 1967, one of Bulgaria’s most promising filmmakers, Binka Zhelyazkova, was scheduled to present her highly anticipated satire, The Tied-Up Balloon, at the Venice International Film Festival. But the socialist Bulgarian authorities pulled the film from the schedule at the last moment, choosing to incur a hefty fine rather than support the defiant yet brilliant director.
a companion essay to the film "A Woman Escapes", commissioned by distribution company Square Eyes
Treating Films Like Human Beings: Jacqueline Lentzou Interviewed by Savina Petkova
The Greek writer-director discusses her elliptical drama, Moon, 66 Questions, a study on the inner turmoil of a young woman returning home to care for her ailing father.
Articulating Emotions with Honor Swinton-Byrne
It crept up quietly on us, but the second part of the Souvenir story shines a spotlight on Honor Swinton-Byrne that can’t be ignored anymore.
Oslo through the eyes of Joachim Trier
To celebrate the release of The Worst Person in the World, we take a closer look at the locations which paint Oslo as a city of one’s own.
The Norwegian capital has been a character in almost all features made by Oslo-raised Joachim Trier, often masked as merely a backdrop to the delicately dissipating human relationships which are a trademark of his films. Trier’s account of the city is imbued with a quotidian romanticism that bleeds melancholy once carefully dissected.
For him, Oslo is firs...
Repetition and Difference: Close-Up on Yorgos Lanthomos’s “Nimic”
Yorgos Lanthimos’s latest short film holds up a mirror and undoes one man's personality.
Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on MUBI. Yorgos Lanthomos’s Nimic is exclusively showing on MUBI in the Luminaries series.
A thriller in twelve minutes? Sure: just create a doppelganger that forces a person to confront themselves and their unstable identity. There is, apparently, nothing more terrifying than a steadily executed undoing of one’s personality, as Yorgos Lanthimos’s la...
Review: ‘My First Film’ (2018) by Zia Anger
“You’re in”, reads the email. I slide out of my chair to make myself a coffee – it’s going to be a long night. After four days of snooping around and refreshing Zia Anger’s twitter page at random times, I’m ‘in’, even though all the available slots for her interactive My First Film, have consistently filled up in less than six minutes. It’s the fourth week of lockdown in the Soviet-style building where I grew up, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Anger is based in the U.S., somewhere on the East Coast, and...
It’s a (Wo)man’s World: Close-Up on Isabella Eklöf’s "Holiday"
A woman's vacation with gangsters at a Turkish resort reveals dark and complicated gender dynamics in Isabella Eklöf's feature debut.
Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on MUBI. Isabella Eklöf's Holiday (2018), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on MUBI, is showing from June 7 – July 6, 2019 in MUBI's Debuts series.
Holiday bites its teeth into male-female power dynamics and the blood is all glitter. Isabella Eklöf’s debut feature reprimands a static n...