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16 October 2009 (Bulgaria) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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movie made in the streets of the city See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)
Christo Christov ... Itso aka Christo
Ovanes Torosian ... Georgi

Saadet Aksoy ... Isil (as Saadet Isil Aksoy)
Nikolina Iancheva ... Niki
Ivan Nalbantov ... Itso and Georgi's Father
Krasimira Demirova ... Itso and Georgi's Stepmother

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
Samuil Kisiov ... Tattoo Artist
Bogomila Nikolova ... Waitress
Silvi Christova ... Girl in the stairs
Deni Dodeva ... Nurse in the methodone program
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yana Blajeva ... Nurse

Irmena Chichikova ... Roommate
Ivailo Cvetanov ... Journalist
Dimitar Djankov ... Skinhead
Toni Djidrov ... Worker
Todor Georgiev ... TV Voice
Ivailo Ignatov ... Walter
Ilana Kodjabasheva ... TV Voice
Vesela Marinova ... Girl tatoo studio
Angel Mihov ... Skinhead
Milena Milanova ... Roomates
Petar Mladenov ... Skinhead
Kaloyan Nedelchev ... Roommate
Neno Nenov ... Worker
Ian Parvanov ... Worker
Atanas Petrov ... Politician
Andronia Popova ... Singer
Yavor Prodanov ... Baby
Martin Slavov ... Worker
Chavdar Sokolov ... Fish
Borislav Vejenov ... Actor in theater
Danail Vuchkov ... Worker

Directed by
Kamen Kalev 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kamen Kalev  writer

Produced by
Anguel Christanov .... producer
Kamen Kalev .... producer
Stefan Piryov .... producer
Emre Yeksan .... consulting producer
Fredrik Zander .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Paul Wall (score composed by)
Cinematography by
Julian Atanassov 
Film Editing by
Kamen Kalev 
Stefan Piryov 
Casting by
Vania Bajdarova  (as Vanja Bajdarova)
Harika Uygur (casting: Turkey)
Sound Department
Momchil Bozhkov .... sound mixer
Carl Edström .... re-recording mixer
Carl Edström .... sound effects editor
Linus Gidstedt .... foley artist
Lucas Nilsson .... foley artist
Per Nyström .... re-recording mixer
Per Nyström .... supervising sound editor
Aleksandar Trayanov .... boom operator (as Alexander Trayanov)
Visual Effects by
Mats Holmgren .... digital colourist
Fredrik Nord .... visual effects artist
Raicho Vasilev .... action coordinator
Yordan Zahariev .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kaloyan Nedelchev .... first assistant camera: additional
Kiril Prodanov .... first assistant camera
Danail Vuchkov .... key grip (as Danail Voutchkov)
Editorial Department
Linda Dalin .... post-production coordinator
Vesela Videlova .... assistant editor
Other crew
Mila Maslarova .... continuity
Christo Christov .... in memory of

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Iztochni piesi" - Bulgaria (original title)
"Sofia's Dawn" - Japan (English title) (literal English title)
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83 min | Hong Kong:89 min (Hong Kong International Film Festival) | France:88 min (Cannes Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Official submission of Bulgaria for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Isil:Many people start to wake up and realize that their soul is sick.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Star Trek" (1966)See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
movie made in the streets of the city, 7 March 2010
Author: Boris Todorov ( from Seoul, South Korea

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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