MoTH wrote: ↑
June 15th, 2019, 5:47 pm
ČSFD.cz, Variety, Eastern European Film Bulletin, MUBI, Wikipedia, BFI, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and every other reference book I can find in my (smallish) library or online say 1972. Variety specifically says 16 August 1972.
IMDb and iCheckMovies.com say 1971. IMDb specifically says 5 October 1971.
I can't verify that either date is correct.
It used to be 1972 on imdb, but was changed to 1971 within the last 18 months (I don't remember exactly when, but it's 1972 in my spreadsheet from when I added it a few years ago).
I feel like this film came up before on this board. On imdb there is a release for October 5th 1972 for Hungary, and October 5th 1971 for Bulgaria. I honestly think the 1971 date is a typo. Andonov had another film released in the first half of 1971, and while it's not unheard of, it's not common for directors to have two films released in one year.
That being said, I checked out the Bulgarian wikipedia (which lists 1972) and looked for Bulgarian sources.
lists 1971, giving the October date, but this looks like another user-edited site like imdb
also lists 1971, and looks more official as it's the Bulgarian National Film Library.
Both sites list the first festival awards from 1972 (Varna and Karlovy Vary).
Looking at the Varna film Festival (Zlatna Roza/Golden Rose), you can see the festival takes place in the fall each year in September/October.
Looking at the Awards on imdb
we can see that it won the Audience Award and a Special Jury award in 1972.
Double checking in the archive available on the Zlatna Roza site
(which unfortunately only lists the main winner, not all the winners, for earlier years), you can see that the 1972 festival has Nakovalnya ili chuk as the winner of Best Film in 1972 (which is corroborated on imdb).
If the film screened at the Varna festival in 1972, winning (at least) two awards, and the festival takes places in late September/early October, I find the October 5th, 1972 release date as the most logical, and thus the year should be 1972. Having a film released generally in the country, and then being shown at a prominent film festival a year later in the same country, seems highly unlikely.
If anyone here speaks Bulgarian, they may be able find more accurate information than I can (Mario might be our best bet as a Serbian speaker).
A rudimentary Bulgarian search turned up three relevant links that all seem to lead to 1972, the most important of which is this one:
There, it says (via Google Translate) that the film was released on February 14th, 1972, and reiterates that it won the Golden Rose for audience award the same year as Nakovalnya ili chuk.
(The other two articles are https://btvnovinite.bg/lifestyle/43-god ... arite.html
if the other link doesn't work])
Lastly, it was also Bulgaria's submission for the Foreign Language Oscar in 1972 (for the ceremony in 1973 for films released in 1972)
TL;DR = It should be 1972