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Eastern Plays (2009)
"Iztochni piesi" (original title)

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Through Georgi (a juvenile) and Itso (an adult), we take a quick glance (about one and a half hour quick) at what happens in post cold-war Bulgaria.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christo Christov ...
Itso aka Christo
Ovanes Torosian ...
Georgi
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Isil (as Saadet Isil Aksoy)
Nikolina Iancheva ...
Niki
Ivan Nalbantov ...
Itso and Georgi's Father
Krasimira Demirova ...
Hatice Aslan ...
Isil's Mother
Kerem Atabeyoglu ...
Isil's Father
Alexander Radanov ...
Drega (as Alexander 'The Indian' Radanov)
Anjela Nedyalkova ...
Angela
Kaloyan Lenkov ...
Bodyguard
Velislav Pavlov ...
Koyno
Ivan Penchev ...
Old Man
Ivan Vitkov ...
Psychotherapist (as Dr. Ivan Vitkov)
Yosif Shamli ...
Mayer
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Storyline

Georgi (Ovanes Torosian) is a typical schoolboy in search of some identity and--being lack of guide, ends up hanging out with the wrong people. Itso (Christo Christov) was a drug addict now undergoing a therapy who finds himself sinking in beers. Through them, we see post cold-war Bulgaria--its freedom, as well as its confusion. Written by bojleng_utomo@yahoo.com

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Goofs

In the restaurant scene where Itso and his girlfriend order, Itso orders a Swedish beer but we see him drinking Shumensko, which in fact is a Bulgarian beer. See more »

Quotes

Isil: Many people start to wake up and realize that their soul is sick.
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movie made in the streets of the city
7 March 2010 | by (Seoul, South Korea) – See all my reviews

What I particularly liked (and I know friends of mine who did as well) in this movie is that it is not a movie about a person, or a story, but mostly an aesthetic vision of a city... which happens to be my city. The storyline is almost missing: apart from the sad coincidence that one brother took part in the beating of another, there is not much of a narrative thread and the entire movie is just a sequence of impressions of present-day Sofia, including the people living in it. Hristo Hristov became the focus of the film because he represented a particular type of Sofianites (actually he was born in Burgas but that does not make him less of a Sofianite since this is the city where he painted): artists who have received serious formation, have developed their own style, have reached the level of creators of unquestionably valuable works, and yet have found no chance to live on their art and be successful. Hristo was not the first, and will not be the last of generations of creative persons who had to find various exits from the difficult situation the last twenty years placed us all in. He chose drugs and in the real life passed away even before the movie was finished. But his sad story is one of hope, too, since the real-life Hristo, even posthumously, proved that recognition can come (and we are now expecting the long-postponed exhibition of his art), while the movie-character Hristo showed to his younger brother that there is alternative to violence and hatred, and that there is enough beauty around us to save us from despair.


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