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Zift (2008)

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Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien ... See full summary »

Director:

Javor Gardev

Writers:

Vladislav Todorov (novel), Vladislav Todorov (script)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Baharov ... Moth (as Zahary Baharov)
Tanya Ilieva Tanya Ilieva ... Ada
Vladimir Penev Vladimir Penev ... Slug
Mihail Mutafov Mihail Mutafov ... Van Wurst-the Eye
Djoko Rosic Djoko Rosic ... Priest (as Djoko Rossich)
Tsvetan Dimitrov Tsvetan Dimitrov ... Sergeant Major
Dimo Alexiev Dimo Alexiev ... Private
Jordan Mutafov Jordan Mutafov ... Bijou
Hristo Peev Hristo Peev ... Warden 1
Vasil Ryahov Vasil Ryahov ... Warden 2
Veselin Mezekliev Veselin Mezekliev ... Warden 3
Ivo Krastev Ivo Krastev ... Superintendent
Dimitar Dimitrov Dimitar Dimitrov ... Mole Cricket
Yavor Vesselinov Yavor Vesselinov ... Valentine
Dj Ayvan Dj Ayvan ... Freak (as DJ Ayvan)
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Storyline

Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien world - the totalitarian Sofia of the 60s. His first night of freedom draws the map of a diabolical city full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets and a bizarre parade of characters. Written by vladislav todorov

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Taglines:

The night of the man who chewed asphalt.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Cigoto See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

BGL 1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

BGL 37,443 (Bulgaria), 26 September 2008, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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The song at the beginning of the movie is called "Smuglyanka Moldovanka", a Russian partisan song from WW2. See more »

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References Gilda (1946) See more »

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High on Literary and Artistic Value, but low on Visual and Thematic Value
13 May 2009 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

It didn't have an Oscar nomination(for the best foreign language award) this year, still Zift is a crowning and epoch making epic movie for Bulgaria and Eastern/North-Eastern Europe. Hence, in the years ahead this movie will be mentioned often for its contemporary style, modern cinema language and creative editing.

Centering on a criminal, nicknamed as "Moth", the story is taken from a novel and is adapted to screenplay from its own novelist. Director Javor Gardev features Moth being a self-respecting and chivalrous Bulgarian, reflecting the character of his country under Communism. As such from the literary perspective, personification has applied to Bulgaria. Despite all of his relatives and friends leaving him alone, and his wife wounding his pride; he has never held his head down.

Not only the past of his country, the writer also reflects the present and the future of Bulgaria within the same literary perspective in a dark utopia, or a neo-noir(film-noir). The screenplay of Zift is very focused and detail-oriented on a simple storyline. The concept of the whole storyline is the sum of Moth's escape to freedom, his short-term memories, the stories he heard from his friends, how he is losing his last hope and how he dies. There we can realize obviously that the main purpose of the movie is not to tell, but is to impress. Director Gardev leaked impacts from Fellini's, Emir Kusturica's and Danny Boyle's cinematic methods. On the other hand, I don't include Frank Miller in this list; since Sin City and Zift has nothing in common but the cinematography. On the level of artistic value, Zift has more value than its comparisons.

Even though it's resembling several industrial box-office hits, the screenplay is truly original; considering that a novel writer has prepared the whole script from his own adaptation, you will see the total commitment of creating this epic by the production crew. There are scenes of violence, nudity, sexuality, perversity, immorality and enormity. Viewer discretion is strongly advised. It's only suitable for mature viewers and minor groups.


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