Vesela Kazakova

Vesela Kazakova

Director

Vesela Kazakova is an actor and producer. She is the only Bulgarian actress with Silver George Award in Moscow and Berlinale Shooting Stars Award. She turned to film producing and directing in a team with Mina Mileva who set together the company Activist38. Their directors’ duo created a strong wave of political activism in their own country with the internationally acclaimed feature doc “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service” and the docudrama “The Beast is still alive”. Vesela Kazakova is EAVE 2013 graduate.

Mina Milena and Vesela Kazakova have been named “The Demonic Duo” by a member of the Bulgarian Parliament, who was insulted by the content of their movies. Their documentary Uncle Tony, Three Fools, and the Secret Service, which revolved around power games in the film industry under Communism, created a tempest of reactions including legal actions against the two directors. At the same time, the film was screened in cinemas in Bulgaria for seven months and received numerous international awards.

Their following film The Beast Is Still Alive, linking today’s prominent political figures to the shady Communist past, was pulled down from national broadcast due to fierce reactions by the representatives of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. The gifted duo moved into fiction films with Cat in the Wall, which was screened at the Locarno Film Festival.

Filmography

2020 Cat in the Wall
2016 The Beast Is Still Alive (Documentary)
2014 Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service (Documentary)
2008 Zaradi Lelia Sneje (Documentary) (co-director)

Vesela Kazakova's films at RIFF
Cat in the Wall
Open Seas
Year: 2019
South-East London, in the multicultural neighborhood of Peckham, in a municipal building. A Bulgarian family goes into...

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