We are happy that Ivan Stanev is joining our ride of narration. mYndstorm will present his feature film „MOON LAKE“, a hidden gem so far. It is a treasure and a gift. A modern adaptation of Orpheus and Eurydike, taking place in a postapocalyptic world at the end of every landscape. Irritatingly poetic and beautiful. The protagonists are on a trip through a dying world of madness, poetry, philosophy and trance. Ivan Stanev’s non-linear narration is a poem driven by emotions, intuition and mindful thinking.
A boy and a girl, two moony, precocious lovers, each morning greet the rising sun on the bow of a grounded crude-oil carrier, named „Moon Lake“. The game of love they play is that of Thracian singer Orpheus, who ascends from the Underworld, followed by his beloved mistress, Eurydice.
The lovers‘ innocent game lure the shadows of the mythical couple. They rise from a lunar marsh, on the road again, from antiquity into the future, treading quietly in the footsteps of the past...
Ivan Stanev was born 1959 in Varna, Bulgaria. He grew up in a multilingual world, studied Theatre Directing in Sofia at the National Academy. He founded his first avant-garde theatre group which led him into serious conflicts with the censorship. Not allowed to work as a theatre director anymore, he went on to study philosophy at the Sofia University, and started to translate the works of Theodor Adorno and Heiner Muller, in the meantime writing plays, poems and essays, all to be published much later.
In 1988, he was invited to present his theatre production “The Wound Woyzeck” at a theatre festival in West Berlin. He decided to live there - in exile. He began to write in German and to stage his own plays in Berlin.
Since 1999, he has also worked on several major Franco-German theatre productions. Due to his growing interest in visual arts, he directed and produced two experimental films: “Villa Dei Misteri” and “Luxor Las Vegas”. In 2009 he finished MOON LAKE - his first independent feature film, shot on 35 mm, produced by Donka Angelova and Ivan Stanev Films. mYndstorm productions has stepped in as advanced coproducer from 2018 on and will distribute and re-release the film.
Ivan Stanev currently lives in Berlin and Paris and works in both Germany and France.