DOKweb Content
www.DOKweb.net is a portal dedicated to East European documentary film. The news section provides up-to-date information on upcoming and just completed films, interviews with filmmakers and other documentary professionals, in-depth articles exploring the state of documentary filmmaking in various parts of the region, as well as insightful texts on current trends, funding, etc. The portal also boasts the largest published databases of completed and upcoming documentary films from Eastern Europe, an industry directory, as well as trailers and original video content. www.DOKweb.net is IDF´s key online project that provides comprehensive details on all IDF´s activities and links them with general information service.
Institute of Documentary Film’s Activities
Founded in 2001, the INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of East European documentary films and their wider promotion. Our activities support filmmakers through all stages of completion – development, funding, production, post-production, and distribution. We aim at individual filmmakers (tailored consultations), groups of carefully selected professionals with projects or films (Ex Oriente Film, East European Forum, East Silver, Doc Launch, etc.), broader professional community (East Doc Platform), as well as the general public (portal www.DOKweb.net). We closely work with key int. festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, or training initiatives and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM.

Sofia's Last Ambulance at Critics' Week in Cannes

The only documentary in this year's selection, Sofia's Last Ambulance by Bulgarian filmmaker Ilian Metev will be presented in the Critics' Week competition in Cannes (May 17 - 25). Co-produced by Bulgaria, Germany and Croatia, the film attended the 2010 East European Forum and the 2011 Doc Launch presentation.

 

Semaine de la Critique or the Critics' Week at the Cannes IFF (May 17 - 25) focuses on the work of emerging filmmakers from around the globe. Bulgarian filmmaker Ilian Metev who made a splash with his debut Goleshovo, will be in Cannes to present the world premiere of his visually stunning and deftly paced feature doc Sofia's Last Ambulance.

The Bulgarian-German-Croatian co-production will be screened alongside 6 other films: Aquí y allá (dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza, Spain/USA/Mexico); Au galop (In a Rush) (dir. Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, France); Les Voisins de Dieu (dir. Meni Yaesh, Israel/France); Hors les murs (Beyond the Walls) (dir. David Lambert, Belgium/Canada/France); Peddlers (dir. Vasan Bala, India); Los Salvajes (dir. Alejandro Fadel, Argentina).

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.


Read also Choreography of Movement, a 2010 interview with Ilian Metev.

 

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.