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SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE (SOFIAS LETZTE AMBULANZ)

SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE
photo © Ilian Metev

In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve 2 million people, Krassi, Mila and Plamen are our unlikely heroes: chain-smoking, filled with humor and relentlessly saving lives against all odds. Yet, the strain of a broken system is taking its toll. How long can they keep on fixing society’s injured until they lose 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.


Ilian Metev was born in Sofia/Bulgaria in 1981. He initially pursued a career as a concert violinist and became obsessed with melding musical form and film language. 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, including a BBC Development Award, the Don Quixote Award in Krakow and the Talent Dove at DOK Leipzig. SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE is his first feature-length documentary.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Ilian Metev
Cinematography Ilian Metev
Cast Krassimir Yordanov, Mila Mikhailova, Plamen Slavkov
Producer Ingmar Trost
Co-Producers Ilian Metev, Dimitar Gotchev, Siniša Juričić
Production Companies Sutor Kolonko, Nukleus Film/Zagreb, in co-production with SIA/Sofia, WDR, ARTE, in association with Chaconna Films/Sofia, Impact Partners/USA
Length 75 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 Bulgarian
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Cannes 2012 (Critics' Week), Karlovy Vary 2012 (In Competition), Sarajevo 2012 (In Competition), Montreal World Film Festival 2012, Zurich 2012, Reykjavik 2012, Jihlava 2012, CPH:DOX 2012, IDFA Amsterdam 2012, IFF Bratislava 2012, Festival dei Popoli Florence 2012, SXSW 2013, Edinburgh 2013, Cambridge 2013, Antenna Festival 2013, Bratislava 2013
Awards France 4 Visionary Award Cannes 2012, Best Documentary Bratislava 2012, Best Director Florence 2012
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Bulgarian Film Center, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Impact Partners

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