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A Conversation With Bogomil Kalinov, The Director of Flatline



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A Conversation With Bogomil Kalinov, The Director of Flatline

What was your main goal or vision in creating the atmosphere and tone of the film?
As you know, this movie was a joint effort between my brothers, Alexander and Kalin, and me, and our goal was to create an atmosphere that would allow the audience to enjoy and experience the heavy subject matter without feeling overwhelmed. We wanted to present an important and weighty topic, but through a brighter, more tender vision that didn't burden the viewers.

How did you approach directing the actors and what was your collaboration like?
Even from the writing stage, I like to visualize and have a specific actor in mind for each character. For example, Julian Vergov was my first choice to play the surgeon - I was convinced he would excel in the role. The actors greatly enriched their characters beyond what was on paper, incorporating their own ideas and improvisation. This made the portrayals more human and beautiful. The entire cast saw this project as a passionate cause to create something special.

The film deals with themes of morality, honor and responsibility - what significance do you see in exploring those concepts today?
While there is a narrative that we have forgotten or turned our backs on these concepts, I believe honor, morality and responsibility still manifest themselves and hold great importance, even if not in the ways we're used to. They indicate the core substance and character of a person. Especially in difficult times, we see many examples of people helping others out of a sense of morality and responsibility. These human qualities all stem from love - love for one's neighbor, for life, for oneself.

What were some of the biggest challenges in bringing this story to the screen after such a long development process?
We applied for financing for this film over 4 years before it was greenlit, so it was a very long road. The actual shoot itself was extremely challenging - it lasted 4 weeks with many locations and a large cast. But having the proper conditions for creativity is crucial to achieve a good result, so we're grateful to have had that despite initial delays due to the pandemic. Maintaining our patience was difficult at times, but we persevered to finally share this story with audiences.

Now that the film has been released, what are your hopes for its impact and future plans?
We don't aim to provide concrete answers, but we hope the film gives viewers something they didn't realize they were missing - the way a good book or movie can reveal new perspectives. Moving forward, we want to continue engaging with audiences through more screenings, including for specific groups like the deaf/hard-of-hearing community. We'll also seek opportunities beyond just major cities. Ultimately, our dream is to keep telling compelling stories through film.

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