Across the Naked Hills

Across the Naked Hills

Best National Dimitar Kutmanov Bulgaria, Fiction, 27'00''


In a remote countryside region, Zhana, a quiet girl under the oppressive guardianship of foster manipulative father Danail, finds solace in visiting a scrawny dog, chained in an abandoned quarry. Their secret bond is shattered when Danail catches Zhana caring for the dog, plunging her into fear and doubt. As tensions escalate, Zhana gathers the courage to confront her oppressor, sparking a chilling confrontation that tests Zhana’s resilience and determination to escape her suffocating existence.

Across the Naked Hills
Palace of Culture Pernik, Hall 1
  • Language
  • Country Bulgaria
  • Genre Fiction
  • Cinematographer Kaloyan Bozhilov
  • Scriptwriter Dimitar Kutmanov
  • Producer Veselka Kiryakova – Red Carpet
  • Editor Dimitar Kutmanov
  • Cast Katalin Stareyshinska, Nikolay Urumov
  • Year of creation 2023
  • Duration 27'00''
Dimitar Kutmanov
Director Dimitar Kutmanov

After earning his BA in Film Studies at Cambridge, where he developed a fascination with 16mm film format, Dimitar pursued an MA in Film Directing at Screen Academy Scotland. His graduation film, ECCE HOMO (2014), has been showcased at numerous international film festivals. In 2019, Dimitar completed Home Far Away, a short film featured in an anthology created for Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019. Currently, he is working on the script for his debut feature film titled ‘Magdalena’.