Bulgaria

AVÉ

Kamen meets Avé, a 17-year-old runaway girl, outside of Sofia. He is hitchhiking to Ruse, and she accompanies him without being asked to. This road movie starts into Northern Bulgaria and goes into the present of a country that has not quite managed to keep up with the rest of the world. And two young lost souls are on the road through this present and slowly discover their feelings. A strong portrait and a film about the young age that allows one to reinvent life.

Bulgaria 2011
Regie: Konstantin Bojanov
86 min, 35mm, OmU
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CORRIDOR #8

Corridor #8 is the name of a road building project of the EU which is supposed to connect the Balkan countries Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania by improving the infrastructure and creating a connection from the Black Sea to the Adriatic Sea. The documentary film provides an insight into the lives of the people along the Corridor track, which are affected by poverty, destiny and hope. An illuminated journey through the three Balkan countries that presents many things differently to what one might expect.
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MY MATE MANCHESTER UNITED

Following the quest of a man‘s awkward dream to be named after his favorite football club, the film director brings us close to a Bulgarian builder and his memorable mates. He creates a moving portrait of contemporary Bulgaria with its confused people, so disappointed by the life in the country that they migrate to their own substitute reality. The journey starts in Svishtov, a small town on the bank of the river Danube and leads us all the way to Old Trafford Stadium, where he meets his idol, the Bulgarian Manchester United top-striker Dimitar Berbatov. read more

PODSLON – SHELTER

The Bulgarian teenager Radostin collides with his parents by disappearing for two days and then bringing home his two new friends – devoted punks. His dad is horrified to see them behave as if they were at home, while the mother is more than happy that her son has been found and puts herself out to please everyone. The film takes place on one day and largely in the oppressive apartment of the Stoychev family. It seems inevitable that the parents will lose their grip on Radostan; there is an unbridgeable chasm between them and his anarchist friends.
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SOFIA‘S LAST AMBULANCE

The daily work is the same as everywhere, but even Bulgaria’s health minister had to admit that SOFIA‘S LAST AMBULANCE depicts the sad reality of public emergency service in his country. Patients have to wait for hours until Doctor Krassi, paramedic Mila and driver Plamen arrive. Their ambulance mirrors the illness of a whole system at the brink of collapse. And their exhausted faces and tragicomic conversations tell it all. Filmmaker Illian Metev shows their daily routine without commentary in a direct cinema style. One of the few documentaries ever to be shown in the Cannes Critics’ Week. read more