From Bulgaria with love: “Aga” by Milko Lazarov

A family's tragedy set against the backdrop of nature coming undone
Running time: 96 minutes
Directed by Milko Lazarov

In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of northeastern Siberia, Nanook (Mikhail Aprosimov) and Sedna (Feodosia Ivanova) live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna’s traditional way of life starts changing, slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable causes, and the ice has been melting earlier every year.aga3-screencomment

Chena (Sergei Egorov), who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world, and to their daughter Ága (Galina Tikhonova), who left the icy tundra long ago after a conflict erupted within the family. When Sedna’s health deteriorates, Nanook decides to fulfill her wish. He embarks on a long journey in order to find Ága.

“Aga” was produced by Big World Pictures, film was directed by Milko Lazarov. “ÁGA” had its premiered at Berlinale as the closing night film). This is the first Bulgarian film in twenty-nine years to be honored with that slot; “ÁGA” has won prizes at festivals in Sarajevo, Cairo, Tehran, Bulgaria and Chukotka. ÁGA will open at Film Forum in New York on September 4th and at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles on September 27. Other cities will follow.