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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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Box Office

Budget:

BGL 1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

BGL 37,443 (Bulgaria), 26 September 2008, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song at the beginning of the movie is called "Smuglyanka Moldovanka", a Russian partisan song from WW2. See more »

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Featured in Balkan Spirit (2013) See more »

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The perfect movie
30 September 2008 | by rivarixSee all my reviews

This movie has given back to me the hope that Bulgarian cinema is going upward! Tha last few bg titles that i've seen all seemed to have a problem - they were weird (in terms of plot, acting, locations, camera angles). And just because a movie is tragic, strange, original and twisted doesn't mean it's good. Yes, maybe it can move you. Maybe. Maybe one can admit that the movie is totally genuine. But that still doesn't mean it's a masterpiece. Something is just missing for the movie to be enjoyable and moving while you're in the theater and mind blowing when you get out and think it over. The missing parts probably are the perfect storyline of Zift, the look of Zift, the action of Zift, the soundtrack of Zift, the grotesque humor of Zift! That's what makes the film of Yavor Gardev so successful - perfection itself!


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