Semaine de la Critique or the Critics' Week (May 17-25) is a prestigious parallel section of the Cannes IFF. Success of Metev's film at what is arguably the world's most publicized film festival is an extraordinary feat, and another milestone for documentaries with East European participation. It is the first major accomplishment in Cannes since 2008 when Blind Loves by Juraj Lehotský won the Art Cinema CICAE Award at the Directors' Fortnight.
Designed to recognize new filmmaking talent, the France 4 Visionary Award - presented for the first time this year - comes with 4,000 euros for the director. The Visionary Award Jury was headed by French filmmaker Céline Sciamma and included four young film critics from Belgium, USA, South Korea and India.
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.