Ikonostasat (1969) AKA The Icon Stand / The Altarpiece Maker


In the age of the Bulgarian National Revival an icon painter is invited to do frescoes and to decorate the icon stand in a newly built orthodox church in a small Bulgarian town. He inspires love feelings in a young girl – Katerina, who opposes the common moral understandings in Bulgarian society.

Directors: Christo Christov (as Hristo Hristov), Todor Dinov. AKA Иконостасът / The Altarpiece Maker
Writers: Christo Christov (as Hristo Hristov), Todor Dinov (writer), Dimitar Talev (novel).
Stars: Dimitar Tashev, Emilia Radeva, Violeta Gindeva, Dobrinka Stankova, Nikolai Ouzounov, Ani Spasova, Stoyan Gudev, Naum Shopov.


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  1. Jarvis
    June 4, 2021

    So grateful for this great film, Jon! Ultra-rare and a major film of Balkan and East European cinema! You do spledid work here!

  2. Enrico
    June 4, 2021

    Thank you very much Jon! This gem is one of the most beautiful (and wanted) gifts of the year….:-)

  3. George S
    June 4, 2021

    Jon, thank you very much for this wonderful film which deserves to be much better known. “…one of the high points of European cinema of the late sixties. In a way parallel to Andrei Rublev…” (Liehm and Liehm, The Most Important Art: Soviet and Eastern European Film After 1945, University of California Press, 1977)

  4. Veit Harlan
    June 7, 2021

    Watching this film makes me think film producers and directors these days have forgotten how to make movies.

    Good film, this! Thanks!

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