I recently shot Bogdan Darev’s first feature film, Ð¥Ð°Ñ€Ð¼Ð¾Ð½Ð¸ÑÂ (Harmonia). This wasÂ my second collaboration with the Bulgarian director,Â his metaphorical short film, Â Ð¡Ð»ÑƒÑˆÐ°Ð¹Â (Listen), which explored themes ofÂ social oppression, was the first. Â Harmonia dives into similar waters, focusing on aÂ brother and sister and their journey from the oppression of a modernÂ educational system into a world of awakening.
Darev writes, “What happens when we dare to forget about the socialÂ status quo, imposed vices, vanity and stereotypes and just be? When weÂ dare to experience the world the way children see it? Â WithoutÂ preconceptions and common division by labeling. To acknowledge howÂ kids avoid and debunk the rules through touch and play, through danceÂ and genuine curiosity. Why are their minds so tranquil and independentÂ and why do our adult minds become so rational that we lose touch withÂ spontaneity, the joys of discovery and life itself?”
The film is still in the workshop, but enjoy these frame grabs. And check out the full short film Ð¡Ð»ÑƒÑˆÐ°Ð¹Â (Listen).