Regional Competition

MY MATE MANCHESTER UNITED

Stefan Valdobrev

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Screening time  
28.02. / Tuesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
29.02. / Wednesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
02.03. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5  
A film about a man’s awkward dream to be named after his favourite football club.

Following the quest of a man’s awkward dream to be named after his favourite football club, the fi lm director brings us close to a Bulgarian builder and his memorable mates, and creates a moving portrait of contemporary Bulgaria with its bewildered and confused people, so disappointed by the life in the country that they migrate to their own substitute reality. The journey starts in Svishtov, a small town on the bank of the river Danube, tells the story of the protagonist’s struggle with the authorities, leads us all the way to Old Traff ord Stadium, where he meets his idol, the Manchester United top-striker Dimitar Berbatov, and ends up back home, raising questions about identity, about who we are and who we want to be.

Stefan Valdobrev

Stefan Valdobrev was born in 1970 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. In 1993 he graduated The National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia as an actor. In the following years he has played in 10 feature films and more than 40 theatre performances.
In 2006 he attended the fi lm school FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic and since then has directed short films, TV programs, music videos. ‘My Mate Manchester United’ is his first documentary film.

MANCHESTER UNITED OT SVISHTOV

Bulgaria
2011, 57', color, video

Directed by:
Stefan Valdobrev

Screenplay by:
Stefan Valdobrev

Cinematography:
Krum Rodriguez

Edited by:
Kristian Budev

Producer:
Dragomir Keranov

Produced by:
Across Works Entertainment Ltd.