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Sofia’s Last Ambulance

Year
2012
Country
Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia
Duration
75’
Director
Ilian Metev

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.

Production
Sutor Kolonko, Ingmar Trost, +49 221 789 44840, ingmar.trost@sutorkolonko.de, sutorkolonko.de
Sales
Films Boutique, Köpenicker Strasse 184, 10997 Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49 (0)30 6953 7850, info@filmsboutique.com, www.filmsboutique.com
Awards
2012 — France 4 Visionary Award at 51st International Critics' Week, Cannes Film Festival; 2012 — Special Mention at Zurich Film Festival; 2013 — Best Documentary Film at German Documentary Film Awards
Director
Ilian Metev

Ilian Metev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1981. He went on to study Fine Art in London, followed by an MA in Documentary Direction at the National Film and Television School. His graduation film Goleshovo (2008) has been screened at over 60 festivals and received 17 awards. Ilian currently divides his time between Oxford and Sofia.

Filmography

Goleshovo (2008), Sofia’s last ambulance (2012)

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