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Zift -- A man wrongfully convicted of murder is released into an unfamiliar world

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Release Date:
25 September 2008 (Bulgaria) See more »
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Tagline:
The night of the man who chewed asphalt.
Plot:
Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
11 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Best Bulgarian film ever in terms of professionalism See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Zahary Baharov ... Moth
Tanya Ilieva ... Ada
Vladimir Penev ... Slug
Mihail Mutafov ... Van Wurst-the Eye
Djoko Rosic ... Priest (as Djoko Rossich)
Tsvetan Dimitrov ... Sergeant Major
Dimo Alexiev ... Private
Jordan Mutafov ... Bijou
Hristo Peev ... Warden 1
Vasil Ryahov ... Warden 2
Veselin Mezekliev ... Warden 3
Ivo Krastev ... Superintendent
Dimitar Dimitrov ... Mole Cricket
Yavor Vesselinov ... Valentine
Dj Ayvan ... Freak (as DJ Ayvan)
Krum Netzov ... Rachitis
Stefan Stefanov ... Inmate - Boxer
Marin Nakov ... Inmate - Coach
Alexander Dimitrov ... Inmate - Barber
Orhan Tair ... Inmate - Referee
Aleksander Iliev ... Warden 1 - 1940s
Stefan Goranov ... Warden 2 - 1940s
Mircho Mirchev ... Barber-Anarchist
Iliya Raev ... Uncle Timme
Mariana Makova ... The Insect Merchant
Yosif Shamli ... Raycho the Skin
Rossitsa Dicheva ... Woman in a private bathtub
Tzeko Tsekov ... Gypsy Infant
Svetla Yancheva ... Swarthy Gypsy
Gergana Arnaudova ... Pioneer Group Leader
Snezhina Petrova ... Doctor
Anastassia Liutova ... Nurse
Yordan Slaveikov ... Man with bottle of Buza
Blagovest Blagoev ... Man with Mustaches
Antonia Ara Vladimirova ... Whimpering Woman
Simeon Lyutakov ... Man with cotton balls in his ears
Petrunka Dimitrova ... Old Woman in the Clinic
Antony Argirov ... Tipsy Student 1
Pavlin Petrunov ... Tipsy Student 2
Alexander Kadiev ... Tipsy Student 3
Milen Aleksiev ... Lab Assistant
Borislav Mladenov ... Leonid
Emil Petkov ... Badzho
Yordan Bikov ... Truck Driver
Simeon Panov ... Mower
Ivan Barnev ... Tin
Tzvetan Alexiev ... Grater
Stoyan Radev ... Nail
Ivaylo Dragiev ... Waiter - at Tavern
Vladislav Todorov ... Man with Pencil
Bojka Velkova ... Lady at the Bar (as Boyka Velkova)
Velislav Pavlov ... Barman
Danail Obretenov ... Man with Bowtie
Sava Dragunchev ... Waiter
Nikolina Yancheva ... Nightclub Waitress
Yavor Dachkov ... Nightclub Band Pianist
Hristo Petkov ... Deputy Chief Gravedigger
Antonio Dimitrievsky ... Gravedigger
Lilia Abadjieva ... Lovebirds on Bench
Vasil Abadjiev ... Lovebirds on Bench
Marian Marinov ... Voice from the Radio

Directed by
Javor Gardev 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vladislav Todorov  novel
Vladislav Todorov  script

Produced by
Lyubomir Anev .... line producer
Georgi Dimitrov .... producer
Ilian Djevelekov .... producer
Stefan Goranov .... executive producer
Matey Konstantinov .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kalin Nikolov (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Emil Hristow (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kevork Aslanyan 
 
Casting by
Antonia Ara Vladimirova 
 
Art Direction by
Nikola Toromanov 
 
Costume Design by
Daniela Lyahova 
 
Makeup Department
Snejina Merdganova .... head of makeup department
Krassimir Mihaylov .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Todor G. Todorov .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Vladimirov .... first assistant director
Antonia Ara Vladimirova .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Emil Zlatanov .... set constructor
Mitko Zlatanov .... props on set
Nikolay Zlatanov .... propmaster
 
Sound Department
Mihail Dichev .... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer
Pierre-Yves Lavoué .... production sound mixer
Petko Manchev .... sound
Ivaylo Natzev .... sound re-recording mixer
Boyka Orlovska .... m&e and foley mixer
Silvia Stefanova .... sound editor
Petar Yosifov .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Georgi Dimitrov .... special effects supervisor
Svilen Dimitrov .... special effects
Veselin Dochev .... special effects
Kiril Ivanov .... special effects
Plamen Ivanov .... special effects
Zdravko Milenov .... special effects
Filip Popov .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Veselin Dochev .... digital artist
Alexander Tsvetkov .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Emil Videv .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Aleksandrov .... additonal grip
Petar Anev .... grip
Orlin Ruevski .... camera operator
Plamen Soklev .... electrician
Boyan Todorov .... junior assistant camera
Tzvetomir Tzvetkov .... grip
Konstantin Vladimirov .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yoanna Kraeva .... wardrobe
Irena Tsokova .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Cornelius Moldovan Jr. .... digital intermediate colorist
Todor G. Todorov .... telecine colorist
 
Other crew
Christina Alexieva .... production coordinator
Emiliya Vasileva .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
Bulgaria:92 min | Argentina:92 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Hong Kong:III (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
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Bulgaria's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.See more »
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References Gilda (1946)See more »

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28 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
The Best Bulgarian film ever in terms of professionalism, 30 January 2009
Author: Shark_Attacks from UK

I must say I am not a fan of Bulgarian cinema even though I am a Bulgarian myself. All the films I have seen until this point were very disappointing and could only be compared between themselves because films outside Bulgaria had always stood above in terms of cinematography, acting,Direction, Budget etc. Of course many would say this is not true, films during socialism period were many more and much better in terms of quality. While this is true that certainly does not make them foreign standard. The acting is more like theatrical than cinematic and the picture quality has more white spots on it than mount Everest, not to even mention the Sound. Cinema after 1990s had not improved much.

I do not remember when I heard about Zift, I think I found it on IMDb, so I decided to check out the Trailer. I was blown away, for the first time in my life I was so excited about seeing a Bulgarian film. Yes It did took me a while since I live in the UK but I did saw it yesterday.After seeing it I felt depressed and had mixed feelings about it.I am going to analyse the film in positives and negatives.

Positives: - First Bulgarian neo-noir film - First Bulgarian film successfully presents the Thriller and Action elements in genre. - Very Good acting, especially from the Zahary Baharov and Djoko Rosic - First Bulgarian film to use cgi, I know this could be a negative but in this case it is used very well. - Monologue is absolutely outstanding in some parts. - Unlike most recent Bulgarian films this one is not set around just one location. - For its small Budget, a very good recreation of 1960s Sofia. - Awesome Soundtrack - Good Humor in places.

Negatives: - Too short, 85 minutes felt too short to fully achieve its potential. - Many unnecessary scenes involving downgrade humanity and dialogue which focus on 'toilet humour' - Too much nudity, this is something which all Bulgarian films suffer from but this one takes it on another level.(This may not be a negative to all but I generally do not like too much nudity, I believe there is different films for that purpose.)

Overall I believe the positives overcome the negatives and In conclusion I must say I liked Zift even though by no means its a masterpiece. It is very likely to be enjoyed by people who are fans of films like, Trainspotting, Irreversible, Requiem for a Dream, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover and Tarantino's work.

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