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Pavel (Ivan Barnev) is a professional photographer under pressure who uses the demands of his job as an excuse when he turns up late at his mother’s funeral. His artist father Vasil (Ivan Savov) is unimpressed, though it is clear their relationship has long been strained and Pavel does not expect his father’s approval. Yet when Vasil is convinced his dead wife is trying to communicate with him through a neighbour’s mobile phone, Pavel is torn between humouring his mourning parent and becoming completely exasperated. A bittersweet portrait of familial frictions from the directors behind Glory (CFF 2017), The Father is a deadpan delight. MH