The Father


Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4, 2020
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Comedy Drama
Women Directors
Family Drama
Road Movie
Release Year:2019
Runtime:87 min
Festivals & Awards:Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Crystal Globe Best Film
Tirana International Film Festival - Best Feature Film
Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival - Golden Rose Award Best Screenplay + Golden Rose Award
Print Source:Wide Management
Director:Kristina Grozeva
Petar Valchanov
Executive Producer:Kristina Grozeva
Poli Angelova
Elena Mosholova
Producer:Kristina Grozeva
Petar Valchanov
Konstantina Stavrianou
Irini Vougioukalou
Cinematographer:Krum Rodriguez
Screenwriter:Kristina Grozeva
Petar Valchanov
Editor:Petar Valchanov
Composer:Hristo Namliev
Principal Cast:Ivan Barnev
Ivan Savov
Filmography:The Lesson (2014)
Glory (2016)


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

Pavel returns to his rural family home to attend the burial of his mother, Valentina. But his father, Vassil, a blustering artist used to getting his own way, insists that Valentina is calling him from the afterlife and insists that Pavel to drive him to visit a New Age shaman who can help decipher the mystery.

Perfectly balancing between comedy and tragedy, Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s newest film is a father/son road trip that examines Bulgaria’s modernism and its tenacious insistence on believing the old myths, even ones dressed up in new clothing. “This off-the-map road movie is a humane, compassionate, character-driven delight.” --Hollywood Reporter

Director Biography

Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Kristina Grozeva was born in 1976 in Sofia, Bulgaria and graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Art where she made several award-winning short films. With director Petar Valchanov she has directed the documentary feature Parable of Life (2009) and the features, The Lesson (2014) and Glory (2016) which appeared at the 2017 MSPIFF.

Petar Valchanov was born in 1982 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and graduated in 2008 from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is the collaborator, with Kristina Grozeva, on the films Parable of Life (2009), The Lesson (2014), Glory (2016), and The Father (2019).


"[T]his off-the-map road movie is a humane, compassionate, character-driven delight." - The Hollywood Reporter