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Film of the Week: Sofia's Last Ambulance

This week, Ilian Metev's documentary film Sofia's Last Ambulance is among the seven films screened at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. The film attended the 2010 East European Forum and the 2011 Doc Launch presentation.

 

Semaine de la Critique or Critics' Week at the Cannes IFF runs May 17 - 25, 2012. Sofia's Last Ambulance will be screened in world premiere alongside six other films.

Sofia's Last Ambulance - Screening Times: 
Wed, May 23 - 11.30AM / 5PM / 10PM (Espace Miramar) 
Thu, May 24 - 8.30AM (Espace Miramar) / 2PM (Theatre la Licorne)
Fri, May 25 - 8.30AM (Cinéma Valbonne) / 4PM (Studio 13)

More details in the Critics' Week programme.

Ilian Metev and producer Siniša Juričić pitched the film at the 2010 East European Forum. Last year, the film was presented at the Doc Launch presentation, a selection of notable soon-to-be-released docs.

 

Sofia's Last Ambulance

 
 
Director: Metev Ilian
Production company: Nukleus Film, SIA, Sutor Kolonko

Poslednata lineika na Sofia , Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, 75 min, Beta SP, Digi Beta, DVD, Personal View, Portrait, Social Issues, Society

In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve a burgeoning population of several million, 47-year old Krassi Yordanov is our unlikely hero: chain-smoking and saving lives in a non-stop 48-hour shift. Krassi is the emergency doctor on one of Sofia’s last ambulances and today is the worst day of his life. This is a film about the regular working day of Dr. Krassi, nurse Mila and driver Plamen, a team working on an ambulance in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Struggling against an avalanche of absurdities in a crumbling medical system and scarcely earning enough to make a living, these three are simply trying to do what they do best – save lives.

East European Forum 2010 / Doc Launch 2011

 

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Sofia's Last Ambulance at Critics' Week in Cannes
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