#SHORTVIEW: “Solstice” by Reni Yoveva

Synopsis:

In the longest day of the year, Boyan will tell his friend Krum that he will be leaving for Australia in that same night. A friendship will be then put to the test.


LEARN THROUGH HARDSHIP


> Why did you decide to make a film about a group of children?

First of all, I have to say that I really love children: they’re really honest in everything they do, whether they love or hate something, so I like to work with them, because they usually say and do what they think. There’s nothing hidden about them, they always let you know what they’re feeling at the moment.

> Do you think that way of being may be better than the way adults usually are?

I’m not sure if it’s better, but I do think that it’d be easier, because you’d know what the person in front of you is thinking, and he or she might try to explain to you why she or he feels that way – and that way, maybe we could get to understand each other better. Life would be easier that way, I think, if we were honest the way that children are.

But of course, we’re not like this, and we like to keep some things as secrets to ourselves, and maybe it’s more interesting that way. Ironically, knowing that people have secrets also makes us want to get to know them, and understand them better, and learn things from each other – so I think each way have its pros and cons.

> Do you think stress may be a necessary thing to grow up?

I don’t know if it’s “necessary”, but I do think that this is part of our lives. I think that, sometimes, we learn things through hardship. So it’s okay to have this kind of situations, to live through this kind of situations, if you learn something in the process.

> Were there have any notable difficulties when working with children?

With this children, no. They knew their lines, and movements, and they did right it every time. They were pretty good. Another interesting thing is that, at the beginning, they were excited to be in the recording, and they did it for their own amusement – but as the hours went on, and they had to repeat the same things over and over, as any actor does, they started to do it for us, because they know how much this meant to me and the rest of the crew, so yeah. They were amazing.

> Did you receive any financial support?

All of the times that I’ve done something, I’ve done it on my own money, and I think that’s the general situation with many of the directors that you meet. All of my colleagues in cinema say that yes, maybe you can get money around, although there is not much money in Bulgaria, but it’s certainly not easy. You have to have a big CV, or have been on some festivals – they have to know you, so it’s not easy at all. There are many more filmmakers now than before, so that doesn’t help. But if you believe in your own projects, you can get them moving.


Reni declared that she wanted to do “all types of films, of every genre and style possible”, and at the point of the interview, she was working in another story about “friendship” and “treachery”.