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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 ...
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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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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: People are sick inside.
Itso: But there is no one to help us.
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A humane, tender film
24 October 2009 | by (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

This is probably the best Bulgarian film in a decade. There are a couple of things that must be said about it. 1. “Eastern Plays” is first and foremost a humane story. I cannot underestimate the importance of that fact given the long-standing tradition of Bulgarian movies (and European cinematography in general) to intimidate their characters and to dissect them with horrifying bluntness. 2. More than that, the film is a really, really good contemporary narrative. The story is told in a subtle, calm and compassionate manner. 3. This film is a rare display of the importance of each and every human existence. The idea is presented without the help of complex existential constructions or intellectual roundabouts.


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