Vratsa Balkan - a hit among filmmakers

Find out which films were shot in the Balkans of Vratsa!

The Vrachan rocks have become the background of hundreds of photos, and thousands of tourists who have passed through the city have left their sighs under the unique verticals, a dream destination for every climber. Visitors say that there is some magic in these natural phenomena, and residents of Vracha are waiting for the melting of the snow to wake up the highest non-permanent waterfall in Bulgaria - Skaklya. Today, when we take selfies on the bike lane or in front of Vrattsata, we understand why the Balkans of Vratsa was the setting chosen by the filmmakers. We can even proudly state that some of the most successful films in the history of the seventh art in Bulgaria were shot here. Some of them are included in the book "50 golden Bulgarian films" by Pencho Kovachev.

See who they are:

"Godless" - 2016

The last film that won the film awards in Locarno and Sarajevo in the summer of 2016 was "Godless", entirely shot in Vratsa. "Godless" is the full-length debut of the Bulgarian director Ralitsa Petrova, a co-production between Bulgaria, Denmark and France. The film was shot in the foothills of the Vratsa Balkans and tells the story of a nurse who sells the identity cards of her dementia patients on the black market. The shooting locations were in the center of the village of Zgorigrad, the road to Ledenika, as well as houses in the areas around Stariya Pazar and quarter 72.

"Favorite 2" - 2006

10 years earlier, Vrachans lined up to be extras for the American film "Favorite 2" directed by Isaac Florentin. Most of the film was shot in Vratsa, using the yard and cells of the Vratsa prison as a set.

"Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil" - 2006

The film was partially shot in the Balkans of Vratsa. The story tells of a team of US Navy SEALs sent on a mission to destroy a North Korean missile site and prevent a possible nuclear attack, failure is unacceptable. But the mission is abruptly aborted and four soldiers remain in enemy territory. Now in order to survive, they must protect themselves from the rebel forces that threaten their lives, their allies and the entire free world.

"Tsar's Play" - 1982

Tsar's Play is a 1982 Bulgarian feature film directed by Ivan Nichev, based on a screenplay by Vlado Daverov. Cinematographer is Tsvetan Chobanski. The music in the film was composed by Bozhidar Petkov. The film was shot in Vratsa, in the building of the Community Center "Razvitie". The plot takes place in the 1980s. Peter is the son-in-law of a provincial theater director. The roles he gets in local plays are minor. His main occupation is making sandwiches in the theater buffet. The beginning of another production, for which guests from Sofia are invited, coincides with another infidelity of his wife, who is also an actress. With resentment and protest, Peter completely changes the script to tell his wife and her father everything that torments him. Starring: Todor Kolev, Kosta Tsonev, Dorothea Toncheva, Evstati Stratev, Trifon Johnev and others.

"Don't Go" - 1976

"Don't Go Away" is a sequel to the movie "The Boy Goes Away" and was also filmed in Vratsa. The young man from the movie "The Boy Goes Away" - Ran, is now a mature man, the principal of a school in his hometown. His classmate Mariana is his wife. But the absence of something is felt in his life. Ran cannot adjust to routine, hypocrisy, selfishness. The intrigues and betrayal of some of his colleagues force him to resign. Mariana, who does not want or cannot understand him, also leaves him. Ran goes to a small village. He goes to the school, where children's voices sing to notes.

"The Peasant with the Wheel" - 1974

Jordan is a villager, but now lives and works in the city. On his days off, he returns to his native village. So, mounted on the bicycle, he finds himself between the city and the village. The young pharmacist Maglena, who lives on rent in his house, is assigned to the village. He is in love with her. In order for them to be together, Jordan arranges the transfer of a workshop from the factory to the village, but no one wants to follow him. Gradually he realizes that time has irretrievably passed, and he floats a foot above the ground - on the pedals of a wheel.

"The Boy Goes Away" - 1972

"The Boy Goes Away" is a Bulgarian feature film from 1972, directed by Ludmil Kirkov, written by Georgi Mishev. The operator is Georgi Rusinov. The music in the film was composed by Boris Karadimchev.

Rahn's line, "A 6-penny bag", is considered iconic and iconic for the film by many of its fans. The main role is played by Filip Trifonov. It was one of the actor's first roles and remains one of his most famous. The film was shot entirely in Vratsa. The song "People and Streets" from the film, performed by Mimi Ivanova and Boris Gojunov, remains one of the most popular songs of the Bulgarian stage.

"One Moment of Freedom" - 1970

"One Moment of Freedom" is a Bulgarian feature film from 1970 directed by Ivanka Grabcheva and Petar Kaishev, based on a screenplay by Ivaylo Petrov and Radi Radev. The film was shot in Vratsa, behind the walls of the Vratsa prison. The film consists of two novellas "The Old Man" and "I Want to Live".

"The Captain" - 1963

"The Captain" is a feature film shot in Vratsa. It tells a story about children obsessed with the idea of building a ship to take them on a journey down the river. As they work on the ship, however, the group splits into two camps that fall into a senseless struggle for power and supremacy. Today, the footage from the film may serve you for a tour of the center of old Vratsa.


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