Bulgaria's Indie Road Movie 'Ave' Hits Modern Art Museum, NY
Ave, first-time filmmaker Konstantin Bojanov's slow-burning indie road movie, will be screened six times at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York City, starting October 3.
Laurence Kardish, senior curator of the film, says that although Ave has been made in Bulgaria, the director and his coscreenwriter live in New York and the narrative, at once charming and disturbing, could take place anywhere.
The movie tells the story of gaunt and brooding Kamen, who while hitchhiking to the funeral of a friend, meets Ave. The scruffy beauty, much to Kamen's annoyance, begins to hitchhike with him, telling different stories about herself—and even about him—with each pickup.
The movie features strong turns from Eastern Plays actors Ovanes Torosyan and Andjela Nedyalkova.
"This well-acted and surprisingly touching road movie is about the choices and compromises of growing up, the stuggle to create an identity, awkward friendships between "misfits," the omnipresence of death, and the serendipity of life," Kardish commented.