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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 »
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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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37 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Finally, we're rolling., 2 January 2009
Author: K_Todorov from Bulgaria

I remember when I first heard about "Zift" some months before it was released and I couldn't believe what I had just heard and then I watched the trailer and I couldn't believe what I saw and when I finally saw the film back in early October I remember leaving the theatre with a big grin on my face, thinking how I just saw something I thought would never happen. Wonderful so very wonderful, I don't know if it can revive Bulgarian cinema, I think it's too far gone already, but I'll be definitely following Javor Gardev's career from this point on. The man shows promise as a director who thinks outside the box. Compared to that meatwagon of stale films that get made here from time to time, Zift is revolutionary in it's visual style, narrative and plot.

Opening with a reference to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, "Zift" is the story of a man nicknamed Moth, no real name is ever mentioned. Right now Moth is a prisoner and it's the 1960s which in Bulgaria meant hardcore Communist regime, Moth was in prison before that regime came to power, but that's beside the point for now. What matters is that he's getting released today and he's all to keen in getting as far away as possible, but not before paying last respect to some prison guard he didn't really like. Result, Moth gets punched, knocked down, guards throw him out of the prison, then a car with some military officer comes along and they take Moth to some crummy place and they start torturing him. Apparently they are looking for some diamond... and it's going to be one hell of a long day for Moth and that's all I'm going to say about the story.

From the start "Zift" tells you how this is going to play out, I don't mean that it's predictable or anything, what I'm talking about is style. The dialogue, the characters, the film has a quirky pitch black sense of humor, like the zift Moth likes chewing, it's not something that can appeal to everyone, and it might seem vulgar or profane or whatever, but it has it's lyrical value, it just adds up. Every story told by a character, however humorous or shallow it might seem, has it's own kind of wisdom to it, though not necessarily connected to the storyline. The film feels both distinctly western and distinctly Bulgarian, or Balkan to be more general, because it uses a storyline similar to that of the American Pulp novels (Zift itself is an adaptation of a pulp novel), film noirs and then the character stereotypes (femme fatales, anti hero protagonist) and all these elements get mixed together with Bulgarian culture and stereotypes, resulting in what I dare say, a quite original and refreshing piece of cinematic wonder.

Visually speaking "Zift" is all high contrast black and white goodness, a tasty treat for anyone who values the classic two color scheme. Essential for it's narrative structure is a series of flashbacks explaining, character relationships and background stories and depending on the flashback (a 1930s something maybe, 1940s, or modern time in the film's time frame 1960s) we get a scene shot on different film. So for example the 1960s part of the film is shot on 35mm while the earliest on 8mm, thus giving "Zift" a substantially different look for each time segment. I have to mention something about the acting and while I liked Zahary Bahalov as Moth, he played him with a lot of bravado, my hat goes down to the supporting cast, including the great Djoko Rosic as a priest who consoles Moth, and a whole lot of other actors who gave the film a strong energy boost.

And while it does have its own share of flaws(the ending felt rushed) and it might seems as if it's going nowhere, and some scenes might seem pointless to the overall plot, Zift is, nevertheless, high quality entertainment, an example in genre film-making, stylish and sharp-edged. The least to say about Javor Gardev's debut is that it's an opening to a promising career.

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