Karlovy Vary's Award Goes to 'Sofia's Last Ambulance'
"Sofia's Last Ambulance", a documentary by Ilian Metev about Bulgaria's capital Sofia and staff at its ambulances struggling to keep up with their workload, has landed another precious award – at Karlovy Vary.
The documentary jury at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gave its prize to Sofia's Last Ambulance for film over 30 minutes.
A Bulgarian-Croatian-German co-production, it was made with support from both German and French television channels (WDR and Arte).
The movie follows the real lives and professional activities of its three protagonists: stoic, middle-aged Doctor Krassimir ('Krassi') Yordanov, chatterbox paramedic Mila Mikhailova and thirtyish driver Plamen Slavkov. The visages of their patients, however, are tactfully hidden.
“Sofia's Last Ambulance” not only chronicles and celebrates a team of Bulgarian EMS personnel, but also provides indirect and unflattering commentary on the state of Bulgaria.
Earlier this year the movie grabbed the Critics' Week Visionary award in Cannes, prompting Metev to say the hype has exceeded his bravest dreams.
Critics have commented that after its successful debut in the International Critics' Week, the movie will be a very popular pick for non-fiction festivals and upscale TV networks worldwide.
An exclusive interview with "Sofia's Last Ambulance" director Ilian Metev for Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) can be read HERE.
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