Toronto International Film Festival
September 8 - 18, 2011
Toronto / Canada
The Boy Who Was A King will be screened in the documentary section Real to Reel on September 9, 11 and 18. The screenings for press and industry will take place on September 10 and 14. Screening times available here.
Bulgaria, Germany, 2011, 90 min, Creative, History
"The Boy Who Was A King" tells the story of one of the most fascinating monarch figures in contemporary history. Simeon II of Bulgaria, cousin to the House of Windsor and a descendant of William the Conqueror. From his adventurous life as an exiled boy king who became a symbol of hope for a small European country, to his glorious return as Prime Minister of Bulgaria after half a century of Communist dictatorship. This "happy-end" Balkan version of Princess Anastasia’s story will tell the real life fairy-tale of one of the greatest experiments of democracy today. The image of the King appears as a balance between the biography of a real living person and the image that people create about it. The film tells its story through the people - by discussing a single contemporary historical figure, they tell us about themselves, their dreams and hopes, the dreams of a whole generation. A portrait of a kingdom – maybe not existing as a monarchy but existing in the hearts, dreams… Without taking sides or making propaganda this is a portrait–biography examining the lessons of post-communist transformation, meditating on the peculiarities of the Bulgarian case – King as a Prime Minister – a film about hope, faith, myths, reality, history, social anthropology and the long journey of democracy back home in Eastern Europe.
Andrey Paounov's debut documentary, Georgi and the Butterflies (2004), was pitched at the East European Forum in 2002, and later won a number of prizes, including the prize for best mid-length documentary at IDFA. The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (2007) also made a successful festival circuit.
This year he participated as one of the tutors in the second workshop of Ex Oriente Film that focused on Production Development.
The section Real to Reel will present also new documentary Whore's Glory by Michael Glawogger who was a guest of our Industry Programme last year and hold one of the master classes. More about Industry Programme here.