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