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by Ilian Metev


In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve a burgeoning population of several million, 47-year old Krassi Yordanov is our unlikely hero: chain-smoking and saving lives in a non-stop 48-hour shift. Krassi is the emergency doctor on one of Sofia’s last ambulances and today is the worst day of his life. This is a film about the regular working day of Dr. Krassi, nurse Mila and driver Plamen, a team working on an ambulance in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Struggling against an avalanche of absurdities in a crumbling medical system and scarcely earning enough to make a living, these three are simply trying to do what they do best – save lives.

international title: Sofia's Last Ambulance
original title: Poslednata Lineika na Sofia
country: Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Ilian Metev
film run: 75'
release date: DE 14/03/2013
cast: Krassimir Yordanov, Mila Mikhailova, Plamen Slavkov
cinematography by: Ilian Metev
film editing: Ilian Metev
producer: Gotchev Dimitar, Sinisa Juricic, Ingmar Trost
production: Chaconna Films, SIA Films, Nukleus Film, Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion
backing: Bulgarian Film Center, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Impact Partners, ARTE, WDR, NordRhein-Westfallen
distributor: W-film Filmproduction & Distribution


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2012 Semaine de la Critique
Visionary Prize
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012 
Sarajevo Film Festival 2012 
Montréal World Film Festival 2012 
Zurich Film Festival 2012 
Valdivia Film Festival 2012 
Reykjavik Film Festival 2012 
CPHDOX Festival 2012 
IDFA Festival 2012 
Watch Docs Film Festival 2012 
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013 
European Feature Documentary Film Festival - Belgrade 2013 
Berlinale 2013 
Tempo Documentary Festival 2013 
South by Southwest Film Festival 2013 

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