Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and his Son, The
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 21:15
Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal
Introduction and short Q&A with director Iglika Triffonova, moderated by Sofia Stolk.
Iglika Triffonova studied film & TV at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Art in Sofia. Her career began with a series of documentaries, the first being Year of 1990, documenting the year after the fall of the Berlin wall. The film was selected by numerous festivals and won the First prize at "Prix Futura", Berlin, in 1991. Her first feature film was Letter to America (2001) and was awarded 9 national prizes, including the Bulgarian nomination for the 2001 Oscar awards for best foreign film and was selected by over 45 international festivals. The Prosecutor the Defender the Father and His Son is Triffonova's seventh feature and third full-length fiction film.
About this film Triffonova has said in an earlier interview that the idea originally came from a true story that attracted the interest of the media in the Netherlands and Bulgaria in the summer of 1997. "I believe true stories are the most powerful metaphors of the world we’re living in," she said. Triffonova wrote the screenplay and did most of the research in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Netherlands herself. She stresses that even though all the lead characters are based on reality, "now, in the film, this is completely secondary – my characters are now fictional".
The Q&A will be moderated by Sofia Stolk, researcher at the Faculty of Law, VU University Amsterdam. Mrs. Stolk studies the theatrical elements of international trials with a focus on the opening statement of the prosecution. Her research to opening statements sheds light on the expressive and communicative function of international criminal law and its performance in the courtroom.