Regional Competition

Simon vs. Fear (the Varsano Case)

Georgi Tenev
Screening time  
26.02. / Monday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 5  
28.02. / Wednesday, 11:00 - 13:00 Theatre 5  
28.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3  
A personal view on the life story of photographer Simon Varsano who became a victim of political regime.

He is a medical photographer, professional water polo player, romantic, and a ladies’ man. Overnight, he becomes a prisoner with his legs shot through, an enemy of the regime, and a victim of political police. This nightmare remained in the 1980’s, in a time before the fall of the Berlin Wall. But not, for Simon Varsano, everything will come rushing back, along with a video from the Communist State Security archives. A meeting with the past and another battle: Simon versus Fear.


Georgi Tenev

Georgi Tenev was born in 1969 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a novelist, playwright and film director. His films include Houben Paints Money (2012, diploma of Golden Rhyton Bulgarian non-fiction film festival) and Holy Light (2011). He co-wrote the script for Alienation (2013) presented at Venice Days, Venice International Film Festival, where it received the Europa Cinemas Label Special Award. The novel Party Headquarters (Altera, 2006) brought him his first serious recognition as a novelist, winning the VIC Bulgarian Novel of the Year Award (2007). Georgi Tenev’s plays have been produced by leading Bulgarian directors, while in 2012, he received the Askeer Prize for Best Bulgarian Play.

General sponsor

Simon sreshtu straha (sluchaiat Varsano)

2018, 79'

Directed by:
Georgi Tenev

Screenplay by:
Georgi Tenev

Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov

Edited by:
Elena Seymenova

Ivo Spassov

Martichka Bozhilova

Produced by: