Alyosha and the Cat | at In The Palace Short Film Festival in Varna

IN THE PALACE international short film festival, Varna presents

Alyosha and the Cat
short movie, fiction

September 22, 2020 at 3 pm

Bulgaria , 2020, 13'30''
Director: Kamen Stoyanov, Katharina Swoboda 
Producer: Kamen Stoyanov 
Cinematographer: Dian Zagorchinov 
Writer: Kamen Stoyanov&Katharina Swoboda
Composer: Margarita Spassova 
Editor: Kamen Stoyanov&Katharina Swoboda 


"Alyosha and the Cat" is a short film by the visual artists Kamen Stoyanov and Katarina Svoboda telling about an unusual meeting at the Bunardzhika Hill in Plovdiv. Through the song, the film shows two different points of view on Alyosha – the monument of the Soviet army on the top of the hill, its prehistory and how mythologies are created. The authors Katarina Svoboda and Kamen Stoyanov present also an installation of archival photos and prints of books.

Alyosha and the Cat is a project produced within the ADATA artist-in-residence programme of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019, with the support of the Austrian Otto Mauer Fonds and Goethe-Institut Bulgaria.


The short film "Alyosha and the Cat" and the project "Nonument" were part of the international symposium "UNSTABLE MONUMENTS | Remnants from Times of Ideology" in Plovdiv, dedicated to deconstruct and analyse of todays meaning of monuments from the socialist era. 

Kamen Stoyanov lives and works in Vienna and Sofia. He holds a diploma in painting from the National Art Academy Sofia and a diploma in Visual Arts and Cultural Studies from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Kamen Stoyanov´s films, videos, actions, installations, photographic works and performances have been presented at many exhibitions festival and biennials worldwide |

Katharina Swoboda – Katharina Swoboda’s work is predominantly video-based, but she works in photography, installation art and performance art always in relation to moving images, as well. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna |



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