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Belgian Princes Stéphanie de Lannoy and her husband Guillaume, heir to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, have arrived to Bulgaria for the shooting of the French movie The Young Perez. The historical drama, in which the royal couple is cast in the main parts, tells the story of the legend of Tunisian boxing, Victor Perez. The Olympic champion from Sydney Brahim Asloum is cast in the part of Perez. Boxer Victor Perez was born in the Jewish district of Tunis and became world champion at 21. He then moved to live in Paris. In 1943 he was arrested by the Nazi because of his Jewish blood, and sent to a concentration camp in Germany where he died two years later. The movie is being shot on location in Sofia and the suburb Bojurishte where the concentration camp will be recreated. 

The exhibition Two Worlds that opened at the Shipka Art Gallery in Sofia revisits the works of cartoonists Kosta and Rumen Dragostinov, father and son. For more than half a century their cartoons made people smile and think not only in Bulgaria but abroad as well. A descendant of the renowned National Revival leader Ilarion Dragostinov, Kosta Dragostinov began his career in art in the 1960s as an artist at the tour operator Balkanturist. He later worked for various newspapers and won national and international awards. After him his son Rumen won even greater acclaim with his 150 international prizes. His works toured the world reaching Brazil, India, Iran, Korea and China. In 2009 he won the first prize at a major cartoon exhibition in Belgium. In 2010 Rumen Dragostinov died. The posthumous exhibition displays 72 works by the father and the son.

Arte Gallery began the 2013 with the most positive and sincere energy of youth with the exhibition Gateways by Victor Mazhlekov. The project Gateways displays various formats – works of art, a video and essays. The display represents the arrangement of 13 gateways. Each of them is an oil canvas that incorporates a gate to the other. It accentuates some existential themes. The gateways are also interpreted in a short 3D animated video. It will be ready in March 2013 and will join a few leading animation film festivals: in Annecy (France), Hiroshima (Japan), Ottawa (Canada), Stuttgart (Germany), Zagreb (Croatia), Animamundi (Brazil) and in Animadrid (Spain).

Actors Stefan Mavrodiev and Dorotea Toncheva are cast in the main parts of a play by Stefan Tsanev The Children of Others. The author has defined it as a sad comedy that reveals the drama of two loners who rely on an old laptop computer to get in touch with their children who have emigrated. The show is on at the Youth Theater in Sofia. Its stage-director is Krassimir Spassov.

Edited by Darina Grigorova
Translated by Daniela Konstantinova

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