Bulgaria, 2014, 108 min, Dir. Ivan Nitchev, Unrated, Bulgarian, German, Ladino with English subtitles


Bulgarian Rhapsody

South Florida Premiere - Wednesday, 1/27 at 2:00 pm

"A surprisingly warm and tender evocation of childhood innocence and first love... the film recreates a sumptuous lost world of Bulgarian Jewish culture." - The Hollywood Reporter

Bulgaria’s submission to the recent Academy Awards is a story of friendship and first love set in Sofia during the summer of 1943. Despite the restrictions placed upon Jews, 17 year-old Moni manages to live a somewhat carefree life thanks to his best friend Giogio who, like many of his fellow countrymen, does not support the segregation of Jews. When both fall in love with Shelly, the limits of their friendship are tested. Ultimately, the fate of the three teens mirrors the lives of the Balkan Jews during World War II, challenged to survive the horrors of that period, filled with fear and hope. Beautifully shot and remarkably performed, Bulgarian Rhapsody is both a warm tale of adolescence and a heartrending look at the impact of war and Nazi anti-Semitism.


The best of international and independent cinema returns to Miami when the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) takes over the city for its 23rd year. The largest Jewish cultural event in Florida, and one of the three largest Jewish film festivals in the world, takes place this year over 13 days from January 9-23.

General Admission – $15.00
Students & Seniors – $14.00 (with valid ID)
Gables Cinema Members & MJFF Members – $11.00

Check out the rest of our Miami Jewish Film Festival program!