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WORLD & INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES

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WORLD PREMIERE

20th SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
18th of June, Si Ping Cinema, 20:45-22:52

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

39th MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL
26 June 2017 WITH Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR
Screening Location: Festival Center OKTYABR

WORLD PREMIERE

20th SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
19th of June, Cinema World, 20:45-22:52,

with Q&A with the Director

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

39th MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL
27 June 2017
Screening Location: Festival Center OKTYABR

THE PRESS CONFERENCE

PICTURES HERE

UK PREMIERE

25th RAINDANCE INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Fri, 22nd Sep, 17:15 WITH Q&A

Mon 25th Sep 13:15

Vue West End (Leicester Square)

CROATIAN NATIONAL PREMIERE

64th PULA INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL
19th July 2017
 

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VOEVODA IS INFECTIOUS CATCHING STORY FOR REAL ROUGH PEOPLE" 

NOVA TV NEWS

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VOEVODA SETS OUT TO BRING RECOGNITION TO THE LESSER-KNOWN FEMALE ROBIN HOOD OF 19TH CENTURY.

"Popgantcheva puts in stunning performances throughout as the strong and selfless Roumena alongside a convincing cast of fresh talent; a result of heavy training, meticulous research and a dedication to providing a realistic historical portrayal which avoids cliché. The result is a breathtakingly atmospheric drama celebrating female heroism."

Michelle Goode, RAINDANCE IFF

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THERE ARE NO BOUNDARIES IN FRONT OF HER. "Contemporary Bulgarian cinema is enriched with a bright and exciting work. A powerful, energy-filled and stunningly dramatic film has been created that impresses with high professionalism in all its components. It is a work that shakes you, breaking certain cliches of this cruel time in our history. I predict there are no boundaries for her any more. Zornitsa Sophia demonstrated creative growth with a bold achievement that any cinematography in the world would be proud of. After this film I can say with confidence that for Zornitsa there are no creative obstacles. My enormous gratitude is to all the participants in this film, for the excitement and joy it gave me at the premiere." by Academician Ludmil Staykov, director of "Time of Violence"TRUD

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VOEVODA - THE OTHER POINT OF VIEW. "Voevoda is a film about Rumena's great and tragic love. Love, like a natural disaster, you are trying to keep away from until you finally realize that you can not protect yourself from a tsunami or a hurricane - they just blow you up." "Zornitsa Sophia plays her Roumena monolithic and complete. Roumena is like a huge stone, like a rock - cold and powerful”  by Yordan Slaveikov, Web Cafe Magazine

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THE KEY IS TO HAVE ALLIES AND THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FIRE. "Voevoda would not be possible without an army of allies and supporters who burnt in the subject, the period and the way this film particularly was prepared for production - with training camps and camp fires... we all are one rebellious band..."Coffee with Gala, NOVA TV

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VOEVODA MOVIE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE HISTORICAL GENRE. The author chooses a bold way to tell the story of Roumena. It has been collected and transmitted by word of mouth, and its imagic has been repeatedly mythologized and divorced.”  by Verginia Milosheva, Cinema BG

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ZORNITSA SOPHIA: HUMAN ABILITIES HAVE NO BOUNDARIES. Artist and director and nowadays actress, Zornitsa Sophia is a sunshine at the dawn of modern Bulgarian cinema. With her hard work, she makes us another valuable gift - the powerful and meaningful "Voevoda.”  by Ralitsa Tsingova, The Sucssessful People Share

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IN SLAVI'S SHOW - THE DIRECTOR OF THE FILM WITH THE BOX OFFICE RECORD. "It's not a commercial film, at least it's not made as such. But I think when it's a strong story and made with full heart it reaches people, no matter how artistically it is elaborated. Commercial... I don't know what this is. If it is about making schemes, I am not interested. I am interested in sincerity that's frightening."  Slavi's Show, bTV

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RAW, STRAIGHT AND TANGIBLE. "This is how Voevoda faces its viewers. An unjust and monstrous situation oppressing people cuddled by their cowardice. And those who can not stand the wrongdoing and challenge the change. One of them is Roumena Voevoda. A woman who has suffered injustices and punishment. She is not the typical obedient man. On the contrary, she is a fighter, a leader, an idol.

Voevoda focuses the viewers' attention on an ordinary person who takes a deep cause in her heart, namely to impose justice and punish those who abuse. A woman who breaks the chains of obedience. She heads to the mountains, gathers men to found her cheta (rebellious band) and begins the struggle.

One other unique feature of the film - it is not overloaded with ethnic details. I think Zornitsa and her team have done a perfect job of balancing this.”   by Delian Marinov, Pod Mosta

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VOEVODA IS A FRIGHTENING TALE. "Voevoda is a tough and crude film created by Zornitsa Sophia without a drop of grace for the cruel fate of a woman under Ottoman ocupancy. Or, as the actor Valeri Yordanov says, playing one of the main roles - this is a male film, though the story is about a woman. On the screen they don't play, but literally live extreme people in extreme situations.”   by Irina Gigova, Monitor

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VOEVODA IS THE BEST HISTORICAL FILM IN NEW BULGARIAN CINEMA. "Cruel and shattering - this is Zornitsa's new feature film "Voevoda", which premieres in theaters on January 13th. Men's masculine movie, in which the main character is a woman.”   by Mariana Parvanova, Cultural News

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VOEVODA OR WHY A WOMAN SOMETIMES BECOMES A MAN.    by Violeta Tsvetkova, AFISH

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THE BAND OF ROUMENA: WHY THE REBELS FROM THE MOVIE "VOEVODA" HEAD FOR THE FORESTS LED BY A WOMAN. "At that time of slavery and absolute patriarchy, when a woman's place was by the child, in the kitchen and working in the field, a person such as Roumena, Sirma or the other women-voevodas would be the equivalent of a mythological super-hero, a demi-god or werewolf, of which all enemies were afraid. That's why this story is so curious and fascinating.”   Valeri Yordanov, The Woman Today

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I WATCHED VOEVODA FILM BY ZORNITSA SOPHIA - THIS WAY SHOULD START ANY CONVERSATION BEWTEEN FRIENDS IN THE COMMING DAYS. THIS MOVIE IS A MILESTONE EVENT. It needs to be experienced, proclaimed, shared, discussed and remembered. I have no doubt that this will be the case...  Slightly mythological, like Haytov's masterpiece narrative, at the same time it is very realistic, sensuous and full of blood, very much connected with life. Although they did not have a wasteful budget, the film has managed to recreate the spirit of the era, showing ambition and scope.


And a great, great camera by Krum Rodriguez. Incredible casting, unforgettable faces and genuine performances, no overacting or false. Breathless edit, extreme close ups, overdose of authenticity - in costumes, make-up and dialogues. Monumental lack of dialogues and over-explanatory emotions. Zornitsa Sophia is a true Roumena, a real Mountain Queen. Rough, raw, strong-willed and at the same time vulnerable, sensitive. The scenes with her and her children and especially with the wife of her lover are devastating.”   by Lavena Alexandrova, The Girls From The City

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VOEVODA IS THE BULGARIAN PREMIERE FOR 2017. "A stunning event with many pipes playing in the MALL Center, may of the VIPguest coming in traditional costumes revived from their heritage or borrowed by granny or granddad, walked on the traditional carpet instead or the regular "red carpet."The atmosphere of the premiere stived for authenticity as the film itself.”   with VIDEO and PHOTOGRAPHS, by VESTI

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VOEVODA CAST AND CREW REVEIL THEIR SECRETS IN LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW "NIGHT BIRDS"WITH ISKRA ANGELOVA.  hosted and edited by Iskra Angelova for  TALK SHOW NIGHT BIRDS

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VALERI YORDANOV AND ZORNITSA SOPHIA about the motivations and behind the scenes of Voevoda the film with Donika Rizova/MEDIA ON AIR for BULGARIA ON AIR

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The actor Valeriy Yordanov: THIS WORLD HAS LONG BEEN FEMALE AND I LIKE IT LIKE EXACTLY LIKE THAT. by Tsveti Tsaneva for HERA

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