PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

International premiere

January

Local title
Jaanuar
Title in Russian
Январь
Original title
Януари
Director
Andrey M. Paounov
Country
Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Portugal
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Rebels with a Cause
Genre
drama, absurd comedy

A small village in the middle of nowhere and at the edge of the world. It’s January and the snowstorm has blocked all the roads. A lonely hotel, with even lonelier men.

Different characters gather in the gray room, all looking for a man who went to the nearest town through a heavy and dark forest. Only the sled returns in the morning light. There is no man, only a frozen wolf and a pistol on the sled. The next man goes to the dark forest and again – only a frozen wolf comes back. The circle repeats and repeats. There is a black raven on the table in a cage who drinks only when no one is watching and the clock strikes on the wall for eternal seconds.

“January” is an observational and thoughtful existential drama that does a kind of homage to the horror film genre.

Dora Lall

Director
Andrey M. Paounov
Screenwriter
Alex Barrett, Andrey M. Paounov
Cast
Samuel Finzi, Iossif Surchadzhiev, Zachary Baharov, Leonid Yovchev, Svetoslav Stoyanov
Producer
Vanya Rainova
DoP
Vasco Viana
Editor
Francisco Moreira, Anastas Petkov, Victoria Radoslavova
Music
Ivo Paunov
Production
Portokal, Terratreme Filmes, Tarantula
Runtime
Language
Bulgarian
Subtitles
English
Director
Andrey M. Paounov

Georgi and the Butterflies (2004, doc), The Mosquito Problem and other Stories (2007, doc), The Boy Who Was a King (2011, doc), Walking on Water (2018, doc), January (2021)

Screenings

Hall 4 LUXE Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening090305 / Jaanuar
SubtitlesEnglish
Q&A guestsAndrey Paounov - Director, Vanya Rainova - Producer, Samuel Finzi - lead Actor , Maria Paounova - Production Designer
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall 6 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening130401 / Jaanuar
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Trailer