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.


Celebrate the unexpected at the 19th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) with an exciting showcase of films, including Academy Award entries and World, North American, and Florida Premieres. MJFF, the largest Jewish cultural event in Florida, and the third largest Jewish film festival in the world, occurs January 14-28, 2016, featuring over 40 film premieres and an additional 35 shorts.

Tickets to 2016 MJFF screenings are available for purchase online or at the Gables Cinema box office.
General Admission – $13.00
Students & Seniors – $11.00 (with valid ID)
Gables Cinema Members & MJFF Members – $9.00

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