Archive of films Monkeys in Winter / Maimuni prez zimata

Bulgaria / Germany
2006, 111 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2006

The Romany woman Dona, the ambitious student Lukrecie, and Tana, a businessman’s wife – Bulgarian reality during the 1960s, 1970s and today. Three winter stories offering three insights into the tragic outcome of relationships between men and women, which give rise to both longed-for and unwanted children.


Dona, Lukrecie and Tana – three women of different origins and destinies, whose stories unfold at different times… The tale of the Romany woman Dona begins in the 1960s. The only assets this beautiful and vital woman has are her three children fathered by different men. In order to secure a livelihood for them, she moves in with an older, but disabled man, who turns out to be a pervert… Ten years later, the ambitious Lukrecie is trying to avoid employment in the village. After she becomes pregnant by a prospective suitor, she meets an attractive young man who offers her a life abroad, something she had always dreamed of. Lukrecie resolves her situation in the most appalling way…Tana, the wife of a prosperous businessman, vainly longs to have a child. On the advice of a friend, she goes off to a spa, whose miraculous reputation is attributable to a skilful masseur. Her husband, however, is unmoved by the joyful news… Three stories offering three insights into the tragic outcome of relationships between men and women, which give rise to both longed-for and unwanted children.

About the director

Milena Andonova (b. 1959, Burgas, Bulgaria) graduated in film and television direction from NATFIZ (1982) in Sofia. Her degree piece, the short feature Days of Yesterday (Dni ot vchera) was screened at the IFF in Montreal (1990). She attended a six-month course in film dramaturgy as part of the Nipkow programme in 1998. The film Monkeys in Winter  is her feature debut.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Milena Andonova
Screenplay: Maria Stankova, Milena Andonova
Dir. of Photography: Rali Ralčev / Rali Raltchev
Music: Konstantin Tzekov
Editor: Petar Popzlatev
Producer: Nevena Andonova
Production: Proventus Film House Ltd.
Cast: Bonka Ilieva-Boni, Diana Dobreva, Angelina Slavova
Contact: Tatfilm GmbH., Proventus Film House Ltd.


Milena Andonova

Film Director / Producer

Nevena Andonova


Atanas Dimitrov


Boryana Cherkelova

Gergana Dakovska

Film Institution Rep.


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