The great screenwriter and director Hristo Ganev died

The great screenwriter and director Hristo Ganev died

In tandem with Binka Zhelyazkova they created the films “And We Were Young”, “The Big Night Bathing”, “Life Lives Quietly”, “The Pool” and others.


Lilia Chaleva


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Bulgarian filmmaker, screenwriter and director Hristo Ganev has died at the age of 97, his granddaughter announced.

He was born on August 2, 1924 in the village of Pavel Banya. He was a member of the RMC and a partisan. After September 9, 1944, he worked in film production as a director and screenwriter. His works are characterized by an original and independent approach.

He was expelled from the Bulgarian Communist Party in 1971, along with several other writers, after refusing to condemn Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s work for his Nobel Prize in Literature.

He is the screenwriter of the famous films: “The Big Night Bathing”, “The Pool”, “And We Were Young”, “Night on the Roofs” and many others. He is married to the director Binka Zhelyazkova (1923-2011), with whom he created these and other films in tandem. Their daughter Svetlana Ganeva is a cinematographer, she is married to the artist-animator and director Henri Kulev.

Whether he writes about pathetic romantics (“And We Were Young”) or pathetic nostalgics (“The Pool”); deals with the ideas and the disappointment of their deformation, and always filters the restlessness of his soul with the metaphor of the utterance. Hristo Ganev’s conscience does not tremble at her, neither from enemies, nor traitors, nor from sanctions – she fights through memories, pains, dissatisfactions … Thanks to her tireless conscience he is among the few Bulgarian Figures, whose authority is untouchable in years and political castling. And he is still beautifully dignified … “, says about him Bulgarian film critic, actress and poet Genoveva Dimitrova.

In 2011 Hristo Ganev received the state award “St. Paisii Hilendarski” for his outstanding contribution to the construction of Bulgarian film art, where he was chosen among 42 other artists nominated for the prize.

A tribute to his memory!


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