Regional Competition


Youlian Tabakov
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
27.02. / Wednesday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Friday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 3  
03.03. / Sunday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5  
03.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3  
03.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
Born in a wealthy family, little Tzvetanka dreamed to become an actress, but life completely changed her destiny.

In his opulent and playful documentary, Youlian Tabakov tells the patchwork life story of a Bulgarian woman who survived three political regimes: monarchy, socialism and the present day. His grandmother, Tzvetanka Gosheva, was born in 1926 to a rich merchant’s family, which enabled her to attend a privileged school in Sofia. But this bourgeois background became her downfall after the war. Her parents were imprisoned as enemies of the Party; her father would never recover from this. By sheer luck she managed to get permission to go to university. She became a doctor, though she suffered a lot of humiliation and obstruction in her work. Ironically, her last working day was 10 November 1989; the day the Communist Head of Bulgarian Communist Party, Todor Zhivkov, was overthrown. Even though Tzvetanka is going blind, her eye for politics remains sharp. To her the new democracy is still corrupt.


Youlian Tabakov

Youlian Tabakov, writer and director, was born in 1975 in Bulgaria. He holds an MA in Set Design from N. Pavlovich National Art Academy - Sofia and an MA in Fine Art from ENS des Beaux-Arts – Paris. He works frequently for the theatre, hosts solo exhibitions in Sofia and Stockholm and a number of participations in group exhibitions. In 2011 Tabakov received the Golden Age Prize for his contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture. Tzvetanka is his first documentary.

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Bulgaria, Sweden
2012, 66', DCP

Directed by:
Youlian Tabakov

Screenplay by:
Youlian Тabakov

Adam Nilsson

Edited by:
Nina Altaparmakova, Adam Nilsson,Youlian Tabakov, Johan Söderberg

Rikard Borggård

Mårten Nilsson, Martichka Bozhilova

Produced by:
Gnufilm, Agitprop

Festivals & Awards:

Dok Leipzig 2012; CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2012