“We have the moral and legal basis to stop the process, but we will not do it because there are talented colleagues who have won and they are not to blame for this situation.” This is what they write in an open letter to the National Film Center Ivan Hristov and Andrey Arnaudov, producers of the film about Gundi with their company “Intermediate Station 15”, after its screenwriter Emil Bonev was declared dead. It was done by Decho Taralezhkov – a member of the artistic commission that grants subsidies for Bulgarian cinema, and this is precisely one of his reasons for giving a low rating to the future film. Bonev himself announced the absurd situation in an interview with “24 Chasa”.
The only thing the producers want is for the commission “to be more aware of its role in this process, because such inadequate decisions undermine the trust in the entire contest, which is precisely what is missing.”
Here is the text of the letter sent to the executive director of the NFC and personally to Decho Taralezhkov – a member of the national art commission:
“We are writing this letter from the position of producers of the film with the working title Gundy: A Legend of Freedom, which is applying for government funding to produce a feature film at the National Film Centre.
We will not comment on the evaluations and opinion of the commission, regardless of whether we agree with it or not. However, we cannot ignore the fact that one of the members of the national art commission – Mr. Decho Taralezhkov, gave an assessment based on absolutely false information. The low rating with which Mr. Taralezhkov made our film not ranked is based on two components – the first is his subjective personal opinion, which we accept and do not dispute, and the second is wrong facts that influence his overall decision and more worse, which he did not check at all, namely:
“The audience potential of the film in its native territory is indisputable. The producers talk about 5 years of in-depth work on the project, but there are no reports that this script was taken over by another screenwriter after the death of Mr. Bonev. No need for further development of the current scenario has been identified.’
Fortunately for us, Mr. Emil Bonev is alive and well and every day develops and further develops the script to which he has devoted the last more than five years of his life.
Based on the factually incorrect conclusion that lowered our rating, we have the moral and legal basis to stop the process, but we will not do so because there are talented colleagues who have won and they are not to blame for this situation.
We ask the commission to be more aware of its role in this process, because such inadequate decisions undermine the trust in the entire competition, which is precisely what is missing. It is proof that almost every contest is stopped for various reasons.”