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Kamen Kalev

A man is floating in the water in an indoor pool. He is having a conversation with a stranger

who warns him of the danger, the terrorists who want him dead will be outside, hidden in the crowd.

Both men philosophize about God’s will and each other’s possibility of making their own choices.

The man decides to come out, his appearance is longtime expected. He kisses his wife and they both

get into a convertible military car, through the city streets.

Kamen Kalev


Kamen Kalev was born in Burgas in 1975. After shooting sixty or so advertising films and music videos, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Eastern Plays, which marked Bulgaria’s return to the Cannes Film Festival and won numerous prizes in Tokyo, San Sebastian, Bratislava and Warsaw. In 2011, he shot The Island, his second feature film, bringing together Laetitia Casta and Thure Lindhardt. The film was selected at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.





An independent audiovisual production company set up in 1982 by Fabienne Servan Schreiber, who has been director of the company ever since.

The company has produced over 400 hours of international award-winning programmes: theatrically released feature films, feature-length documentary and fictions, prime-time television dramas, documentary reports, live performance recordings, television magazines, short programmes and new media.

In the field of cinema, we may notably cite: Calle 54, a music feature film by Emmy award-winner Fernando Trueba, voted 3rd Best Film of the Year by the New York Times in 2000, distributed by Miramax in the USA, and selected at Venice and Toronto; Daughter of Keltoum, by Mehdi Charef, selected at the Toronto Film Festival in 2001; and Vivre me tue, by Jean-Pierre Sinapi, selected at the San Sebastian Festival in 2002 and 1st Prize winner at the Cabourg Festival in 2003.

And, in the field of collective films: Lumière and Company, which brought together 40 directors in homage to the cinema of the Lumière Brothers, including David Lynch, Spike Lee, James Ivory, John Boorman, Michael Haneke, Arthur Penn, Oshima and Yang Zi-Mou. Selected in over 40 festivals; and Visual Telegrams, 30 filmmakers for the environment, including Fatih Akin, Rachid Bouchareb, Isabel Coixet, Ronit Elkabetz, Amos Gitaï, Elia Suleiman, Jaco Van Dormael and Jia ZangKe, presented at the Copenhagen Climate Conference (2009) under the patronage of the UN.


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Kamen Kalev



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