IRON BOYS

Bulgaria
| 2023
| 54 min.
| Documentary

Script: Emil Spahiyski
Director: Stanimir Trifonov
Cinematography: Kiril Prodanov

Production: Doli Media Studio – Dobromir Chochov

Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

Angel, Tsvetan, Albert, with their teams, are the last of the Iron Boys of romanticism. They restore and maintain the only remaining steam locomotives. They may have pet names for all their engines, but to have them look so thrilling and in good condition means heavy work for the boys. If for most people ‘an engine driver’ is just a professional title, for these men, it is their life. ‘Iron Boys’ tells the story of their perspective on the world and the romanticism of steam.

STANIMIR TRIFONOV was born in 1958 in Veliko Tarnovo. He studied Bulgarian Philology at the Sts Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, before graduating in Film Direction in 1986 from the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, under Dimiter Punev. In 2003, he became an associate professor in Film and TV Direction and a professor in 2008. He teaches at Southwest University, Blagoevgrad, and at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia. As the producer and director of TV series, features and documentaries, he has received many international and national awards, including the Golden Rose, Silver Rhyton and the Golden Chest.