Producer: Vanya Rainova (Portokal)
Writer-director Stefka Mancheva is a recent graduate in Film Directing from the New Bulgarian University. She completed her course of study in 2007, and spent the next ten years traveling the world — a roller-coaster adventure that took her to 14 countries on three continents. Last year, she returned to her alma mater and her first love — filmmaking, and completed her graduation film to obtain her final degree.
She’s preparing to shoot her short Creme Caramel, with which she participate in the New Arrivals: GoShort Campus 2018. Blind Spot will be her feature debut.
A 12 year-old boy commits suicide in a small provincial town. In his farewell note, he says he took his life because he received a failing trade on his math test. Still, the adults in town are bent on finding a reason, an external thread, that would make sense of the boy’s death. While they create the mythical culprit — an incompetent mother, a serial killer — the teenagers in town keep living as they know best, in the adults’ blind spot.
There is a kids’ riddle that I love “What kills more people — sharks or coconuts?”
There are two parallel lines in this film — that of the boy and that of his classmate Vyara, both unfolding in the same city. On the one hand, there is us – adults, searching for a monster, while harming others carelessly and daily. We fall victims of our desire to blame, punish and feel superior. We can be blind to violence in our desire for comfort. On the other hand, there is Vyara – an almost-child with naive desires, a need for closeness, curiosity… who has to navigate conformism, betrayal, rejection, and violence on her own, walking the path from playfulness to abandonment to loneliness. In the end, we can only hope that she would preserve a core innocence despite the imminent corruption of her world.
This film will not make order out of chaos. There’ll be no villain punished or hero rewarded. I`m going for the coconuts.
In both the narrative and the visual treatment of the story, I am searching for a sense of immediacy, authenticity, a quick, semi-chaotic shift of thought and emotion, a subjective and suggestive choice of what comes into focus and what remains off-screen.