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THE ISLAND

by Kamen Kalev

synopsis

Sophie and Daneel, both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria. Daneel explicitly refuses to go, but Sophie insists and finally convinces him to leave. When they arrive, Sophie discovers that Daneel was born there... After a few hours spent on the crowded beaches, Daneel leads Sophie to an almost abandoned island lost in the Black Sea. Once there, Daneel discovers pregnancy tests in Sophie’s luggage. The heat and the strange few inhabitants soon alter their own behaviors, and the island slowly reveals hidden fears that question their love. To get through it all, they have to take a leap into the unknown...

international title: The Island
original title: Ostrovat
country: Bulgaria, Sweden
sales agent: Le Pacte
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Kamen Kalev
film run: 95'
release date: BG 10/10/2011, FR 11/07/2012, SE 14/12/2012, CZ 01/08/2013
screenplay: Kamen Kalev
cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Laetitia Casta, Thure Lindhardt, Elli Medeiros, Petar Popyordanov, Olivier Claverie, Bojka Velkova, John Laskowski
cinematography by: Julian Atanassov
costumes designer: Stanislava Yanakieva
music: Jean-Paul Wall
production: Waterfront Film, Chimney
backing: Eurimages, Bulgarian National Film Centre, BNT, Film i Väst
distributor: Le Pacte, Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o., Folkets Bio

main awards/selection

Cannes 2011 Directors' Fortnight
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