Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Father


Year: 2019
Run Time: 87 minutes

The Father
The Father
The Father
The Father

After the unexpected death of his mother, Pavel arrives in his hometown to help his father, Vasil, bury her body. Their father-son relationship has been strained for years, and Pavel struggles to connect with Vasil, who seems to be losing touch with reality in his deep state of grief. After a neighbor claims to have received a call from the dead woman’s cell phone, Vasil becomes convinced that his late wife is trying to reach him from beyond the grave, and he goes to great lengths to receive her message. After paying psychics who claim they can contact her, and sleeping naked outside in an attempt to speak with her, Vasil seems to be going off the deep end. While Pavel tries to talk sense into his father, Vasil continues to spiral out of control, becoming more erratic and unpredictable by the moment. Struggling to keep his father sane, Pavel may come to find that Vasil’s breakdown is what finally brings them together. Sprinkled with dry humor and absurdities, THE FATHER is a layered dramedy about grief and healing that is as poignant as it is funny. (In Bulgarian with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 8:30 PM ET

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 1:40 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou

Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Krum Rodriguez

Petar Valchanov

Principal Cast
Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov, Nikolay Todorov

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