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ENFF On Tour in Amsterdam: The Pig

The Eastern Neighbors Film Festival, which annually presents the best and most relevant films from Eastern Europe in The Hague, goes on tour and also visits Rialto, Amsterdam. On Saturday 26 September at 16:30 hours, ENFF presents the Best Bulgarian Film of 2019 – The Pig by director Dragomir Sholev. Festival director Rada Sesic will introduce the film and the upcoming edition of ENFF. Afterwards there will be a recorded Q&A with Sholev.


Shy, chubby 13-year-old Rumen – nicknamed “The Pig” – lives with his grandmother, as his parents both work abroad. Every day, he is bullied by his classmates at school. His teachers are no help at all, they just ignore him. He has learned never to respond to insults and name-calling, hoping to be completely invisible. But one day his bullies go too far, pushing him to his limits, and Rumen strikes back. With far-reaching consequences.

It is not the first time that Bulgarian director Dragomir Sholev tackles the theme of mentally neglected or abused children. In 2010 he made the multi-award-winning film Shelter, a poignant portrait of a 12-year-old boy who is grossly neglected by his parents and runs away from home. In The Pig, Sholev again succeeds in portraying the loneliness and anguish of his lead character in a credible and highly recognizable way.

Festivals & Awards

Sofia International Film Festival, 2019 – Special Jury Award, Best Bulgarian Feature Film Award, FIPRESCI Prize | Filmfest Munchen, 2019 | Festival del Cinema Europeo, Lecce 2019

Original title: Praseto Country: Bulgaria, Romania Year: 2018 Length: 96 min Director: Dragomir Sholev Screenplay: Dragomir Sholev, Martin Iliev Editing: Vesela Vidolova, Dragomir Sholev Cinematography: Georgi Andreev Cast: Rumen Georgiev, Andrea Zahariev, Filip Pavlov Production: Elena Mosholova, Dragomir Sholev – Gorilla Films; Nu Boyana, B2Y, Screening Emotions, Papillon Film