Moshonov, who was born in Sofia in 1951 and moved to Israel with his family at the age of four, is well known for his hosting of the popular satirical TV show Zehu Ze!, first on Israeli Educational Television and then on Channel 2. In addition to his many comic roles, Moshonov has appeared frequently on the stage in Cameri, Habima and Beit Lessin theatrical productions. His film roles include Hatuna Meuheret (Late Marriage, 2001), for which he won the Israeli Film Academy Award for best supporting actor.
Moshonov's role in Bulgarian Rhapsody is his first in a Bulgarian language film.
The film is the final part in director Nichev’s trilogy about the saving of Bulgarian Jews. The film tells the story of two adolescents, Moni and Zhozho, who both fall in love with 17-year-old Zheni in 1943. The events that follow unfold while Bulgaria has to decide on the deportation of 11,343 Jewish citizens in Macedonia and Thrace.
Moshonov plays Zheni's father in the film. Another Israeli actor in the production is Alex Ansky. The Bulgarian cast includes Dimitar Ratchkov, Tatyana Lolova, Kristiyan Makarov, Anjela Nedyalkova, and Stephan Popov.
The previous two films in Nichev's trilogy were After the End of the World (1999) and The Journey to Jerusalem (2003). Apparently there was some controversy over the selection of Bulgarian Rhapsody, as Nichev is a member of the National Council for Cinema. The council stressed that Nichev had not participated in the secret ballot that took place.
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