Sofia’s Last Ambulance
Poslednata lineika na Sofia
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Showings
Sundance Kabuki CinemasSat, Apr 27, 2013 2:15 PM Not Available
 
Sundance Kabuki CinemasFri, May 3, 2013 3:30 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:Documentaries
Premiere Status:Germany
Bulgaria
Croatia
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:75
Original Language:Bulgarian
Awards:GGA Documentary Feature Contender
Credits
dir:Ilian Metev
prod:Dimitar Gotchev
Siniša Juričić
Ilian Metev
Ingmar Trost
cam:Ilian Metev
editor:Betina Ip
Ilian Metev
source:Films Boutique
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Description
On the front lines of a degraded emergency-care system in Sofia, Bulgaria, an over-extended, yet emphatically humane, paramedic crew hurtles frantically from one call to the next in a dilapidated ambulance: not quite the last one as implied by the title, but one of only 13 servicing a city of an estimated two million people. Filmed primarily through the lenses of three dashboard-mounted cameras focused solely on the faces of the embattled trio making their rounds (patients are represented only by their off-camera dialogue and labored breathing), this unflinching observational documentary, directed by Bulgarian native Ilian Metev, unfolds in a series of real-time vignettes shot over the course of two years. The effects of perpetual struggle with broken-down communications systems, deteriorating infrastructure, false alarms, low pay and the emotional toll of caring for Sofia’s most vulnerable populations can be seen best in the deepening facial lines and gradually whitening hair of Doctor Krassimir Yordanov, apparently the only trained resuscitator left “in the whole of Sofia,” and in the pithy observation of his sweet-natured but no-nonsense right-hand woman, Nurse Mila Mikhailova, that “soon no one will want to do our job.” Winner of a “France 4 Visionary Award” for new talent at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and “Best Documentary” at the 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Prague, Sofia’s Last Ambulance captures the quiet heroism and Sisyphean efforts of paramedics who form the thinnest possible white line in the combat against both systemic decay and human frailty.
-Nicole Gluckstern
Additional Information

Ilian Metev

Director Ilian Metev was born in Bulgaria in 1981. He grew up in Germany and later studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins in London before moving to the UK National Film and Television School to study filmmaking in 2008. Sofia’s Last Ambulance is his first feature film, and also the debut feature of Chaconna Films, the production company he co-founded with Betina Ip.

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