Entertainment

Actress Eli Skorcheva: My first contact with Valo Radev was magic

On January 1, Valo Radev was born – one of the iconic film directors of Bulgarian cinema, creator of the emblematic films – “Condemned Souls”, “The Peach Thief”, “Tsar and General”, “Adaptation”, “The Longest Night”, ” The Black Angels”, filmed as a cameraman for “Tobacco” directed by Nikola Korabov.



The director Valo Radev (Source: Archive Dir.bg)

Cinematographer, screenwriter and director, whose films gather millions of viewers in cinemas, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York keeps his film “The Peach Thief” in the “Golden Catalogue”.

The 100th anniversary of Valo Radev was celebrated last night, January 9, at the Odeon Film Library Cinema with a special screening of the film version of “Adaptation” in the presence of some of the actors from the film.



The cameraman Hristo Totev, the actresses Eli Skorcheva and Elena Kaneva presented some details about the shooting of the film “Adaptation” before the screening of its film version in the “Odeon” cinema (Photo: Yulia Vladimirova)

The event was also attended by Milena Fuchedjieva, her daughter Radina Valova, granddaughter of Valo Radev, Anya Pencheva and the chairman of the permanent committee for education, culture, science and cultural diversity of the Metropolitan Municipality – Malina Edreva, who announced that same evening that a street in Sofia will bears the name of Valo Radev.

“In the month in which we celebrated the centenary of the birth of the distinguished director, cinematographer and screenwriter, on the initiative of Milena Fuchedjieva, I submit a proposal to name a part of our city in his memory. The initiative is supported by the mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova and Teodor Petkov – mayor of Vitosha district, where the street is located,” Edreva wrote on his official Facebook page.



Eli Skorcheva as Veronika in the film “Adaptation” (1981), directed by Valo Radev (Source: Dir.bg Archive)

Eli Skorcheva shared with the audience some details about her decision to accept the role of Veronika, then her debut.

“I struggled to shoot this film for a very long time. For months. Valo Radev has been looking for an actress for the main role for a long time. I didn’t know what the film was about.



The cameraman Hristo Totev, the actresses Eli Skorcheva and Elena Kaneva presented some details about the shooting of the film “Adaptation” before the screening of its film version in the “Odeon” cinema (Photo: Yulia Vladimirova)

When I asked, my colleagues from NATFIZ told me “Ah, some partisan story”. I gave up too. This went on many times until finally one of Valo’s assistants brought the script to my quarters. I had been called for the role of Rositsa, but after reading the script I said to myself that I should play Veronika. I made the samples to look like Veronica. Then he called me for a second and third test. My very first contact with Valo Radev was magic. When you communicate with a person who is your universe, with whom you have the same taste and share the same ideas, it is a celebration. For me, every day with this man was a holiday”



Eli Skorcheva as Veronika in the film “Adaptation” (1981), directed by Valo Radev (Source: Dir.bg Archive)

More


JANUARY - month of Bulgarian cinema

JANUARY – month of Bulgarian cinema

“Adaptation” is a film that certainly transcends the boundaries of time. Seen today, it can be a starting point for both cinema and the quests and problems of young people, regardless of whether they live in socialism or modernity. It is the anxiety, inner pain and attempts to understand yourself that are even more acute today, that’s why Valo Radev, not only in “Adaptation”, but in all his film projects, proves that he is a universal and global director, surpassing his time.



The director Valo Radev and the cameraman Hristo Totev with the actors from “Adaptation” (1981) (Source: Archive Dir.bg)

Everyone was excited after the screening at “Odeon”, but I managed to ask Eli Skorcheva and Hristo Totev a few questions.



Eli Skorcheva and Antonii Genov in Valo Radev’s film “Adaptation” (1981) (Source: Dir.bg Archive)

Here’s what actress Eli Skorcheva shared about the shooting of the film and her excitement to watch it again, nearly 40 years after its premiere, especially to Impressio.

More


They store "The Peach Thief" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

They store “The Peach Thief” at the Museum of Modern Art in new York

– How do you feel after watching the movie again?
– I think we have made a very good product, which strangely for me, sounds quite modern even now. Neither in style, nor in theme, nor in acting, the film is not outdated. The emotional charge is contemporary. The only thing that is not modern is that today people are much more alienated from each other. They are more careless.



Eli Skorcheva talks to the audience after the screening of the film version of Valo Radev’s “Adaptation” (Photo: Yulia Vladimirova)

More


"The goat's horn" of Metodi Andonov is still our only one "worldwide" movie

“The Goat’s Horn” by Metodi Andonov is still our only “world” film

– What do you remember from the shooting process?
– I remember every single minute. Now watching it, I could see when the lines were changed, we said one thing, but the dubbing said something else. I can see which episodes were missing. I remember the entire text by heart. I haven’t forgotten anything. I even remember what the air temperature was, how cold we were, how hot we were. I remember everything.



Antony Genov (left) as Dr. Bankov and Konstantin Dimchev as Professor Shtarbanov in Valo Radev’s film “Adaptation” (1981) (Source: Dir.bg Archive)

– This is your debut role, were you worried? What was the atmosphere like?
– Not at all. The environment was very friendly, creative and collegial. I have never had any worries – neither from the camera nor from the stage. One cannot help but remember one’s first work, especially with such an artist as Valo Radev.



The cameraman Hristo Totev, the actresses Eli Skorcheva and Elena Kaneva presented some details about the shooting of the film “Adaptation” before the screening of its film version in the “Odeon” cinema (Photo: Yulia Vladimirova)

More


Jan Englert - Father Heredia of "Condemned souls" is Doctor Honoris Causa of NATFIZ


Jan Englert – Father Heredia from “Condemned Souls” is Doctor Honoris Causa of NATPHYS

– What kind of person was he and how did you work with him?
– We were people who had the same taste for cinema. Valo Radev introduces a perfect new style, a new acting behavior that we have unlocked. From there began this wave of rebel cinema. Valo was wonderful to work with. Indeed, this is a great asset to me!

– How would you describe it in a few words?
– Volo was very talented, intelligent, subtle, kind, responsive and with a lot of steel in him! He was able to stand up for himself in a very soft and delicate way.

The cameraman Hristo Totev, who worked with Valo Radev on films such as “Adaptation” and “Condemned Souls”, also stood in front of Impressio to share about his work with Radev.



The cameraman who worked with Valo Radev in films such as “Adaptation” and “Condemned Souls” – Hristo Totev (Photo: BTA/ Gergana Nikolova)



Eli Skorcheva talks to the audience after the screening of the film version of Valo Radev’s “Adaptation” (Photo: Yulia Vladimirova)

“Working with Valo was very good. From the beginning, with “Doomed Souls”, we got along well, we worked together so that without talking to each other, things worked out on the screen. I liked the film very much. Valo is a genius director . The great thing about working with him was that he would talk long before the movie started. He would put you in the situation so that when we were on set, we didn’t need to talk. And you see what happens.”

More


Photos from a lifetime - Nevena Kokanova at 80

Pictures of a Lifetime – Nevena Kokanova at 80

Hristo Totev also shared that his film looks extremely modern and up-to-date, apart from the fact that the characters drink Johnnie Walker whiskey and Coca-Cola.

“The real story is unique. These are two friends who graduate medicine together, two are psychiatrists. One becomes the head of the clinic, the other becomes a doctor. However, he implements this social adaptation group, as you understand, no one approves, because it is American method. They disband the group, and he leaves the clinic, goes to Karlukovo. Meanwhile, psychiatrists hold congresses every two years, and there is such a congress in West Germany. He asks his friend to send him to this congress, he goes and sends a letter “And here people have need me.” From West Germany he went to America and became a famous psychoanalyst. In 1994 he came to Bulgaria and was greeted with great honors. He died in 1996. This is a real case and his name is Dr. Kamenov.”

More


Nevena Kokanova - loved, applauded and... lonely


Nevena Kokanova – loved, applauded and… lonely

More


 The great Nevena Kokanova: Light the lamps, then only darkness awaits us!

The great Nevena Kokanova: Light the lamps, then only darkness awaits us!

More


Katya Pascaleva - the woman with 100 faces

Katya Pascaleva – the woman with 100 faces

More


Pepa Nikolova - the bohemian of Bulgarian cinema

Pepa Nikolova – the bohemian of Bulgarian cinema

More


The drama "Tobacco"

The drama “Tobacco”

More


The director of "Tobacco" took Nevena Kokanova's secrets to the grave

The director of “Tobacco” took the secrets of Nevena Kokanova to the grave

Related Articles

Back to top button