Borislav Sharaliev

Sharaliev, Borislav


Born Aug. 22,1922, in Plovdiv. Bulgarian film director. Honored Artist of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria (1971). Member of the Bulgarian Communist Party since 1944.

Sharaliev studied at a theatrical school in Sofia. In 1950 he graduated from the directing school of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (M. I. Romm’s studio), and in 1951 he began working in a feature-film studio in Sofia. He won fame early in his career with his first independent work, Song of a Man (1954), a biographical film about the revolutionary and poet N. Vaptsarov. He dealt with the resistance movement of World War II (1939–45) in Two Victories (1956) and One Quiet Evening (I960).

Sharaliev’s other films include Two Under the Sky (1962), Knight Without a Visor (1966), God Be With You, Friends (1970; shown in the USSR as Farewell, Friends), The Indispensable Sinner (1971), and Anticipation (1973). In 1975 he directed the television series Notes on Bulgarian Uprisings, based on a book by Z. Stoianov, a participant in the partisan movement.

Sharaliev was awarded the Dimitrov Prize in 1955.