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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
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The challenges of life for youth in Bulgaria and many Eastern European countries in the post-Soviet era—high unemployment, lack of direction and opportunity, and rising nationalism—movingly surface in Kalev’s debut film. Disaffected and impressionable teen Georgi falls in with a gang of skinheads in Sofia. When the gang hassles a Turkish family on the street, the man who comes to their aid turns out to be Georgi’s estranged older brother Christo, nicknamed Itso. An artist and recovering drug addict, Itso is surprised to discover newfound motivation after this incident, reconnecting with his brother and bonding with the beautiful Isil (Saadet Isil Aksoy), whose family he defended. (83 mins.)

First Feature Film.

Winner of the Best Film Prize in the Sofia, Tokyo, and Warsaw Film Festivals and this year’s Bulgarian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

In Turkish, Bulgarian, and English.


Interests: New Directors, Oscar Submissions, Narrative Feature.

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