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Zagreb Film Festival
19 - 25 October 2008

SC - Savska 25
10000 Zagreb

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Bulgaria , 2008

Directed by: Javor Gardev
Script: Vladislav Todorov
Producer: Ilian Djevelekov, Matey Konstantinov, Georgi Dimitrov
Production company: Miramar Film
Cinematography: Emil Christov
Editing: Kevork Aslanyan
Music: Kalin Nikolov
Cast: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev, Mihail Mutafov, Djoko Rossich

Format: c/b, b/w, 35mm
Running time: 92'

Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. He was thrown in jail shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, and now finds himself in a new and alien world – the totalitarian Sofia of the 60s. All hell breaks loose as soon as he walks out of jail. Moth tricks the bloodhounds of the communist state. His first night of freedom the main character spends in a breathtaking chase with time, trying to avoid fate, as he gets closer and closer to his ultimate demise. His frantic flight draws the map of a diabolical totalitarian city – decaying neighborhoods and gloomy streets, the bathhouse, the city canal, the hospital, the cathedral, the pompous works of communist architecture centered around the Mausoleum, smoky joints, bars, and finally -- the graveyard. In the pursuit of truth, Moth runs into a bizarre parade of characters – agents, medics, barflies, outcasts, gravediggers and other species of the asphalt jungle. The action thickens through avalanching variety of twists and turns, sudden revelations, flashbacks, lies laid bare, hallucinations, and sensual encounters with the former love. Finally, the story ends inside the gravediggers’ trailer where the secrets are revealed.

Directors Biography
Javor Gardev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He received an M.A. in philosophy at Sofia University and an M.A. in stage directing at the Krastyo Sarafov Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. In addition to directing numerous theatre productions, he has also directed the short films Der Solitudebolero oder Raskolnikowbesessenheit (1998) and Bedspotting (02). Zift (2008) is his feature directing debut.

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Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Thursday, October 23rd at 11.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Thursday, October 23rd at 22.30
reprisal: EUROPA Cinema, Friday, October 24th at 16.00

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