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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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Sharp black and white photography can't save this muddled effort.
9 June 2009 | by sharkies69See all my reviews

Saw this at the Sydney Film Festival and was a little disappointed. Seemed to be a lot of hype surrounding this. Really liked the black and white photography and had high hopes after a nice opening. Unfortunately the movie lost me in the middle and never quite recovered.

I'd have to agree with one of the earlier posts. I think Gardev has definitely borrowed from other films and directors. Apart from that Todorov's screenplay doesn't quite work for me but I would love to read the book (the English translation is released next year). I found the little stories and anecdotes from minor characters to be intrusive and tiresome after a while and I don't know if the voice-over was that effective.

Thought the acting was fine and there were some amusing moments but overall I can't work out if this was supposed to be a thriller or black comedy, heist flick, noir potboiler or a bit of all of these.


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