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13 SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
13.03. - 20:00,
Trakia - Burgas

Director:  Gus Van Sant
Cinematography:  Harris Savides
Music:  Danny Elfman
Producers:  Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen
Screenplay:  Dustin Lance Black
Cast:  Sean Penn , Emile Hirsch , Josh Brolin , Diego Luna , James Franco
Production:  Jinks/Cohen Company/Groundswell/Focus Features/Axon Films
BG distribution:  Little Big Films
Milk
Milk
Milk
USA , 2008, 128 min, color
Awards:  2008 - "Award of the LAFCA" for best actor to Sean Penn; 3 awards of the NYFCC for best picture, actor to Sean Penn and supporting actor to Josh Brolin

Academy Award winner Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk under the direction of Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant in this powerful and inspiring story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk. His life changed history, and his courage changed lives.
The film charts the last eight years of Harvey Milks life. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk and his lover Scott Smith relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood that was soon to become a haven for gay people from around the country. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and beautiful city empowering him, Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. He seeks equal rights and opportunities for all, and his great love for the city and its people brings him backing from young and old, straight and gay, alike at a time when prejudice and violence against gays was openly accepted as the norm. In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans.

Gus Van Sant
American director, born in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky. He studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Van sant started out under producer Roger Corman and as assistant director to Ken Shapiro. He grabbed instant attention with his debut (financed by making commercials) a story of gay love gone awry entitled Mala noche. Since then homosexual motifs regularly appear in his films. Winner of "Independent Spirit" for the screenplays of Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho, as well of "Golden Palm" and award for best director at Cannes for Elephant.
1985  Mala noche
1987  Five Ways to Kill Yourself short
1987  My New Friend short
1989  Drugstore Cowboy
1991  Thanksgiving Prayer short
1991  My Own Private Idaho
1993  Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
1995  To Die For
1997  Ballad of the Skeletons short
1997  Good Will Hunting
1998  Psycho
2000  Finding Forrester
2002  Gerry
2003  Elephant
2005  Last Days
2007  Paranoid Park
2008  Milk
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