Director: Nikola Bozadzhiev Country of Origin: Bulgaria Runtime: 01:55 Category / Genre: Feature, Drama Block: F Time: 8.15-10.10 pm + Q&A UK Premiere

This beautiful adaptation of the famous Bulgarian story written by Yordan Yovkov, tells the story of Shibil and Rada. Set in the second half of the 19th Century, the weakened power of the Ottoman Empire has resulted in Bulgaria falling prey to disorder, robbery and violent outrage. Skill and bravery turn a local brigand, named Shibil, into a threat to the authorities and a legend among young men. A reward is proclaimed for Shibil’s head. During harvest time, Shibil meets Rada, the daughter of Veliko Kehaya, a rich merchant and they fall in love. In order to demonstrate his loyalty to the Ottoman government, Veliko devises rap for Shibil – using his own daughter against her will as bait. This is a story of impossible love, seen through the eyes of an unexpected character – the incarnated soul of the main character, Shibil’s horse. Director Nikola Bozadzhiev will attend the screening.


Director biography

Nikola Bozadzhiev completed his first feature movie – ‘Shibil’ at the tender age of 19. ‘Shibil’ is a vibrant and poetic movie based on authentic story from the 19th century, where nature becomes a character, and the story is portrayed by way of the four seasons and told through the eyes of the the lead character’s horse. Nikola addresses basic instincts and values in a world that does not neglect love or humanity. Prior to this, he has made several short films including ‘Futureless’ (2018), ‘Moral Dilemma’ (2017), ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ (2017) and ‘The Muse’ (2016).