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 »


Javor Gardev


Vladislav Todorov (novel), Vladislav Todorov (script)
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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 ... 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 ... Valentine
Dj Ayvan Dj Ayvan ... Freak (as DJ Ayvan)


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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The night of the man who chewed asphalt.


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Bulgaria's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »


References Gilda (1946) See more »

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The Best Bulgarian film ever in terms of professionalism
30 January 2009 | by Shark_AttacksSee all my reviews

I must say I am not a fan of Bulgarian cinema even though I am a Bulgarian myself. All the films I have seen until this point were very disappointing and could only be compared between themselves because films outside Bulgaria had always stood above in terms of cinematography, acting,Direction, Budget etc. Of course many would say this is not true, films during socialism period were many more and much better in terms of quality. While this is true that certainly does not make them foreign standard. The acting is more like theatrical than cinematic and the picture quality has more white spots on it than mount Everest, not to even mention the Sound. Cinema after 1990s had not improved much.

I do not remember when I heard about Zift, I think I found it on IMDb, so I decided to check out the Trailer. I was blown away, for the first time in my life I was so excited about seeing a Bulgarian film. Yes It did took me a while since I live in the UK but I did saw it yesterday.After seeing it I felt depressed and had mixed feelings about it.I am going to analyse the film in positives and negatives.

Positives: - First Bulgarian neo-noir film - First Bulgarian film successfully presents the Thriller and Action elements in genre. - Very Good acting, especially from the Zahary Baharov and Djoko Rosic - First Bulgarian film to use cgi, I know this could be a negative but in this case it is used very well. - Monologue is absolutely outstanding in some parts. - Unlike most recent Bulgarian films this one is not set around just one location. - For its small Budget, a very good recreation of 1960s Sofia. - Awesome Soundtrack - Good Humor in places.

Negatives: - Too short, 85 minutes felt too short to fully achieve its potential. - Many unnecessary scenes involving downgrade humanity and dialogue which focus on 'toilet humour' - Too much nudity, this is something which all Bulgarian films suffer from but this one takes it on another level.(This may not be a negative to all but I generally do not like too much nudity, I believe there is different films for that purpose.)

Overall I believe the positives overcome the negatives and In conclusion I must say I liked Zift even though by no means its a masterpiece. It is very likely to be enjoyed by people who are fans of films like, Trainspotting, Irreversible, Requiem for a Dream, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover and Tarantino's work.

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25 September 2008 (Bulgaria) See more »

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