Eastern Plays

Eastern Plays
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Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
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Eastern Plays
Bulgaria, 2009, 88 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Sweden
Topics: Drama, Religion
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Bulgarian, Turkish, English English Sub-Titles

The attempt to find a meaningful place in the world undertaken by many members of former Eastern European nations struggling in the post-communist wake serves as the background for Kamen Kalev’s sharp, honest, and very timely drama about two young brothers in Sofia. Itso, a former drug addict and artist now taking a methadone treatment, makes ends meet (barely) by working as a carpenter. His younger brother Georgi, still living at home, finds a way of alleviating his sense of disaffected displacement by joining a neo-Nazi group with shady connections to nationalist politicians.

When Itso intervenes to help a Turkish family escape a gang of skinheads—Georgi is one of them—he strikes up a friendship with the attractive daughter Isil But are their worlds too far apart to form any real connection? By grounding his exploration of what it is to be young in Bulgaria today—the unemployment, the directionless searching, the insidious rise of nationalism—in Itso’s all-too-human story, Kalev crafts a powerful and deeply felt work that, despite everything, sees hope for the future. Winner, Best Film, Sofia, Tokyo, Warsaw Film Festivals.

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DIRECTOR: Kamen Kalev
Producer: Kamen Kalev
Editor: Kamen Kalev, Stefan Piryiov, Johannes Pinter
Screenwriter: Kamen Kalev
Cinematographer: Julian Atanassov
Music: Jean-Paul Wall
Principal Cast: Christo Christov, Ovanes Torosian, Saadet Isil Aksoy, Nikolina Yancheva, Ivan Nalbantov, Krasimira Demireva, Hatice Asian, Alexander Radanov
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Memento Films International - www.memento-films.com

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