A Monologue in the Intermission

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Film Type: Documentary, Short
Runtime: 24 minutes 44 seconds
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Country of Filming: Bulgaria



“A Monologue in the Intermission” is a documentary movie, portrait of the prima ballerina Vessa Tonova. The movie is filmed for six hours only, during the play “Swan lake” in Sofia Opera and Ballet in 2014. During this short time, filled with adrenaline and stress, Vesa Tonova makes the most sincere confession for her life. Her whole confession is filmed in her dressing room, during the intermission and between the scenes she doesn’t play in. There, in her lonely and cosy dressing room, immersed in memories and thoughts Vesa talks about herself, for what she has created and sacrificed, for her family and her fears that the end of her career is close. In her own words – “I cannot play this ballet forever”. In these very intimate moments, when she shares her live with us, it seems like the time in her dressing room has stopped. The stress of the hard play “Swan lake” is left behind and for the first time the lead is Vesa and her life, not the “swan”. After the filming, Vesa shared with the director Peter Vulchev, that her hardest and most powerful experience she had during a spectacle, was this – the filming of the documentary. One of her greatest fears was that she would fail on stage due to the fact that there are people filming during the whole time.
On the contrary, Vessa shared that she has never felt so calm during a spectacle, as if the camera was helping her overcome the stress of the play. During the play, Vesa is usually really tense and does not talk to anyone. Ballet is the art of youth. How to preserve your youth, to remain forever young and never stop dancing – this is Vesa’s greatest challenge.


Director Biography

I’m Peter Vulchev, a photographer, filmmaker and screenwriter based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
My journey with visual arts started ever since I could hold a camera. My natural curiosity to study and observe the humans and their emotional world led me to discover my biggest passion – to capture the most intimate moments of people locked in their hidden nets. Growing up in small Bulgarian town with local people who worship orthodox traditions and mythology has shaped my artistic perspective of the world. Therefore, magical realism is the foundation around which I build my work.
To me art is like a sincere mirror to reflect oneself.
My first short movie Shhh… Sing to me! (2013), a comedy musical inspired by Balkan turbo folk culture has been screened at various film festivals around the globe. In addition, this has been the first short movie with regular screenings in cinema houses in Bulgaria.
My work as a photographer has been featured by World Fashion Collection “FASHION” Vol. 2 Germany/Australia, GROOVE MAGAZINE Germany, DJ MAGAZINE Spain, TRAX Magazine France and more.
My music video productions include L Square, Follow the step and Sparks by Rachel Row, Tvoya by Poli Genova and various collaborations with DJ artists like KINK and Stefan Goldmann.
As a director and screenwriter of the documentary TV show ATELIER by Bulgarian National Television I’ve been exploring the lifestyle of national and international artists. My team and I have recorded more than 50 episodes over the past 4 years.
My client work include Nestle, Pernod Ricard, Teach for Bulgaria, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, National Network for Children, Parents Association, Astellas Pharma and National Palace of Culture, Sofia.
In 2015 I’ve been rewarded by IAB Mixx Awards Bulgaria with Best Interactive Video for Ballantine’s Stay True People campaign. In 2017 PHOTO VISA included my photography project BABA GORE BABA DOLU in their FIlm and multimedia program.

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