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Vladislav Todorov

Senior Lecturer

Office Hours: MW 1 pm - 2 pm


Spring 2014 Courses

RUSS165 Russian and East European Film after WWII
RUSS275 Russian History in Film
RUSS430 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Film

Fall 2014 Courses

RUSS111 Poetics of Screenplay: the Art of Plotting       
RUSS164 Russian and East European Film 1900 - 1945
RUSS196 Russian Short Story


Vladislav Todorov has received his M. A. from the Bulgarian Theater and Film Academy, Sofia; Ph.D. in Performing Arts from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1987) and Ph.D. in Slavic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1996) where he teaches film, scriptwriting and cultural history. 

He is the author of several scholarly books on modernism, political aesthetics, performing and visual arts, terrorism and global governance: Chaotic Pendulum: Inquiries in Terrorism and Governmentality. (Sofia: Espace Culture, 2005,) Short Paradox for the Theater and Other Figures of Life. (Sofia: Sofia University Press, 1997,) Red Square, Black Square: Organon for Revolutionary Imagination. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995,) The Adam Complex: Essays in Politics and Culture. (Sofia: Ivan Vazov, 1991.)

He has contributed articles and essays to journals such as “The Yale Journal of Criticism,” “College Literature,” “L'infini,” “Neue Literatur,” “Likovne Besede,” etc. He has served as a columnist and regular commentator for a number of major Bulgarian weekly and daily papers. His work has been translated in French, German, Russian, Hungarian, Czech, and Slovenian.

Todorov’s first creative pieces appeared in “Post Modern Culture” (1993) and “Chelsea” (2004.) His debut novel Zift (Plovdiv: Janet-45, 2006) was a finalist for the 2007 Vick Prize as Bulgarian Novel of the Year and a nominee for the “Elias Canetti” National Literary Prize.

Todorov wrote the script for the 2008 movie Zift. “Variety” hailed it as "an instant midnight fest fave." The movie was sponsored by The Bulgarian National Film Center and The Bulgarian National Television. It enjoyed high critical acclaim in the country and abroad, and won several national and international awards: Best Film and Best Script (Bulgarian National Film Awards, 2008), Silver St. George for Best Director (Moscow IFF, 2008), and 2008 European Film Academy Awards nomination. The movie became the Bulgarian nomination for foreign Oscar, 2009. In addition, Zift was selected in the main competition categories of major festivals such as Discovery Program Toronto IFF, Istanbul IFF, Mar del Plata IFF, etc. Independent Film Chanel (IFC) acquired the distribution rights for the US. The movie was released on cable and DVD. It was part of the official selections of major US film festivals (San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, South by South West in Texas, and others.) Strange Loop Entertainment (LA-based Production Company) bought in 2010 an option for remake. Zift was released on DVD in the major European countries, most recently in the UK. 

Zift: Socialist Noir appeared in English by Paul Dry Books, Philadelphia, 2010. The book was reviewed by “LA Times,” “PBS: Need to Know,” “Philadelphia City Paper,” “The Complete Review,” “Review of Contemporary Fiction,” and several literary bloggers. The German version was published by “Edition Balkan,” Dittrich Verlag, Berlin, 2011, and was presented at the Leipzig Book Fair and the Berlin Literatur House. Its Polish and Latvian versions are forthcoming in 2013. “Fiction Writers Review” ( published an interview with Vladislav where he discusses Zift and also his recently published second novel Zincograph.

Zincograph (Sofia: Fama, 2010) was a finalist for the Bulgarian Novel of the Year 2010, National Endowment Fund "13 Centuries Bulgaria,” and was a nominee for the National Literary Prize “Elias Canetti,” 2010. The German version of the novel is forthcoming in 2013. An excerpt from Zincograph will appear in “Absinthe: New European Writing,” spring issue, 2012.

The screen adaptation of Zincograph, written and produced by Todorov, was selected for the coproduction markets of several high-ranking international film festivals -- most notably Cannes Atelier, 2010. It won two international awards – Balkan Script Development Award, Thessaloniki IFF, 2008 and Restart Postproduction Award, Sarajevo IFF, 2009. The movie Zincograph was granted Bulgarian national funding in 2010 and is coproduced by the Bulgarian National Television and Nu Boyana Film Studios. It is in the postproduction stage with expected release in 2012/2013.

Todorov is a voting member of the European Film Academy.

Vlad Todorov wins a Balkan Fund Award at the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Vlad Todorov wins the Best Script Award of the Bulgarian National Film Awards

Zift reviewed by Vzglyad

Interview with Fiction Writers' Review

Last updated on March 11, 2014