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Bulgaria/Israel, 2014, 108 minutes
Bulgarian, German, Ladino with English subtitles • Director: Ivan Nitchev
Set in Bulgaria during the summer of 1943, this touching story of adolescence and first love explores Bulgaria’s complicity in the Holocaust. When teenagers Moni and Giogio—one Jewish, the other the son of the driver of the commissar for Jewish affairs—both fall in love with Shelly, the new girl in school, they test the limits of friendship while conflict rages around them. Bulgarian Rhapsody, third in a film series about Bulgarian Jewry, was the country’s submission to the most recent Academy Awards.