SOFIA PREMIERED AT 2012 BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL


WORLD PREMIERE OF “SOFIA”
   STARRING CHRISTIAN SLATER,
DONALD SUTHERLAND, 
ELIKA PORTNOY & TIMOTHY SPALL
The psychological thriller "Sofia" is an Official Selection at Beverly Hills Film Festival and Boston International Film Festival 
Independent production studio Mutressa Movies premiered “Sofia” (www.sofia-the-movie.com), a psychological thriller, starring Christian Slater, Donald Sutherland, Elika Portnoy and Timothy Spall. The film is directed by Isaac Florentine, the director that Impact Magazine—the world’s leading publication dedicated to action/martial arts films—hailed as “one of the most talented in the genre.” The film is being distributed in the U.S. and Canada in limited theatrical and Video-on-Demand this July by ARC Entertainment (www.arc-ent.com) and XLrator Media (www.xlratormedia.com) under the name “Assassin’s Bullet.” Atlas International is the international sales rep for the film, and it has sold most of the world’s major territories.
 
The World Premiere for the feature film takes place in April on both the East and West Coast as an official selection of both the 10th Annual Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) and the 12th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF).  Christian Slater calls “Sofia” a “love letter to Sofia, Bulgaria,” where the film was shot.

“Sofia” is the story of Vicki Denev, and her alter egos. Having suffered a devastating loss as a victim of terrorism, Vicki is irreversibly damaged. Vague and disturbing memories drive her desire for revenge, making her a prime candidate to be recruited by the government as an assassin of terrorists. Manipulated by mind control, her personality is altered, rendering her a ruthless killer. All goes according to plan, until a new fantasy personality emerges, causing a glitch that not only threatens the mission, but her life.
The Boston Film Festival official screening was Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the AMC/Loews Boston Common
 (175 Tremont St.) in
 Boston, Massachusetts. The Beverly Hills Film Festival official screeningwas Friday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. at the Clarity Theater (100 North Crescent Drive) in Beverly Hills, California.


“Sofia” is the passion project born from the creative mind of Elika Portnoy who is just as comfortable behind the camera as she is in front of it. Portnoy not only conceived the story of “Sofia,” but she also co-wrote and starred in the film. Within her complicated character, she had the opportunity to play three dynamic roles: a schoolteacher, a seductress and a killer. Portnoy says, "Sofia, the city, has many faces, just as the lead character she plays in the film does.”

She adds, “We were fortunate to have the talents of renowned director Isaac Florentine for ‘Sofia.’ The action sequences that he brought to the film have taken this psychological thriller to a whole new level of entertainment. And the connections, expertise and knowledge that producer David Ornston brought to the table were absolutely instrumental in putting the film together.”

The film is produced by David Ornston; with story by Portnoy; and written by Hans Feuersinger, Nancy L. Babine and Portnoy. Cinematography is by Ross W. Clarkson and editing is by Irit Raz. The film was shot in association with NU Boyana in Bulgaria. According to Portnoy, the film was a beautiful collaboration, creatively, between Ornston, Florentine, Raz and herself. “Sofia” has a running time of 88 minutes. This film is not yet rated. 
For more information, please visit www.sofia-the-movie.com.
 By George Leon

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