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UK Restoration Premiere: We Were Young (15*) + Intro

Hidden Figures: Binka Zhelyazkova

A woman stands alone in a street

Binka Zhelyazkova’s brilliant feature explores a touching love story that develops during an attempt to thwart Nazi occupation in 1940s Bulgaria.

Like many of Zhelyazkova’s films, We Were Young takes place in the early 1940s and centres its story around a handful of youngsters in their late teens, who are willing to risk everything in order to oppose the Nazi occupation. Amidst the political chaos, a love story blooms between two of them, Veska and Dimo, beautifully played by Rumyana Karabelova and Dimitar Buynozov. Through their romance, Zhelyazkova considers the cost of resistance and sacrifice.

Zhelyazkova’s sophomore feature remains stunningly elegant while it simmers with suspense: clandestine meetings, the safety of shadows, and the murmur of a quotidian forever beyond reach for the partisans. We Were Young shines in this brand-new restoration from 2021.

This screening will be introduced by curator Savina Petkova.

Bulgaria 1961 dir Binka Zhelyazkova 110min

Cinema 3