Sofia’s Last Ambulance
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    Sofia’s Last Ambulance

    Poslednata lineika na Sofia

    Directed by

    Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia

    2012

    75 min

    • Bulgarian

    Documentary

    In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve 2 million people, Krassi, Mila and Plamen are our unlikely heroes: chain-smoking, filled with humour, relentlessly saving lives against all odds. Yet, the strain of a broken system is taking a human toll: how long can they keep fixing society's injured until they loose their empathy? The film uses an unorthodox creative form which dodges sensationalism. We are captivated by the faces of our protagonists and the sounds surrounding one of Sofia's Last Ambulances.

    Awards

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    • France 4 Visionary Award - La Semaine de la Critique
    • Best Documentary Film over 30 min - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Best Balkan Documentary - Dokufest
    • Special Mention in the International Documentary Film Section - Zurich Film Festival
    • Special Prize of the Jury - Doclisboa
    • Silver Dove - Dok Leipzig
    • Prize for the Best Documentary Film - Bratislava IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Krassimir Yordanov
    Mila Mikhailova
    Plamen Slavkov
    Cinematography
    Ilian Metev
    Editing
    Ilian Metev
    Betina Ip
    Sales
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    Production
    SUTOR KOLONKO
    Production
    NUKLEUS FILM
    Production
    SIA
    Production
    CHACONNA FILMS

    Press

    pure and [...] uncompromising

    Cineuropa

    ...an admirably solid slice of old-school cinéma-verité

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ilian Metev

    Ilian Metev

    Germany

    My background is in classical violin, but it is within film that my interest in people and my musical sensibility converge.

    Ilian was born in Bulgaria in 1981. As a teenager in Germany, he pursued a career as a violinist and has performed on German classical radio. After studying Fine Art at Saint Martins, where he experimented with 16mm film, he completed his training at the UK National Film and Television School in 2008. Since then, he is obsessed with finding new challenges using the medium of film and pushing film language. Ilian has directed, photographed and co-produced GOLESHOVO and SOFIA’S LAST AMBULANCE. His latest feature, 3/4 was selected at Locarno Festival where it was awarded the Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present section.

    Selected Filmography