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Eastern Plays (2009)

Iztochni piesi (original title)
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.

Director:

Kamen Kalev

Writer:

Kamen Kalev
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christo Christov Christo Christov ... Itso aka Christo
Ovanes Torosian Ovanes Torosian ... Georgi
Saadet Aksoy ... Isil (as Saadet Isil Aksoy)
Nikolina Iancheva Nikolina Iancheva ... Niki
Ivan Nalbantov Ivan Nalbantov ... Itso and Georgi's Father
Krasimira Demirova Krasimira Demirova ... Itso and Georgi's Stepmother
Hatice Aslan ... Isil's Mother
Kerem Atabeyoglu Kerem Atabeyoglu ... Isil's Father
Alexander Radanov Alexander Radanov ... Drega (as Alexander 'The Indian' Radanov)
Anjela Nedyalkova ... Angela
Kaloyan Lenkov Kaloyan Lenkov ... Bodyguard
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Koyno
Ivan Penchev Ivan Penchev ... Old Man
Ivan Vitkov Ivan Vitkov ... Psychotherapist (as Dr. Ivan Vitkov)
Yosif Shamli Yosif Shamli ... Mayer
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Georgi (Ovanes Torosian) is a typical schoolboy in search of some identity and--being lack of guide, ends up hanging out with the wrong people. Itso (Christo Christov) was a drug addict now undergoing a therapy who finds himself sinking in beers. Through them, we see post cold-war Bulgaria--its freedom, as well as its confusion. Written by bojleng_utomo@yahoo.com

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Trivia

Official submission of Bulgaria for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Isil: People are sick inside.
Itso: But there is no one to help us.
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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Lady Song
by Nasekomix
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The Most Honest BG movie :0)
4 December 2009 | by mgeorgieva2007See all my reviews

This is the most honest Bulgarian movie made in the last 20 years. Bravo Itso, Kamen and the rest of the team! It is a movie that resonates on the same wave as the contemporary BG people. It shows the heart...and the really important things in life - hope, love, tolerance, dialogue, the continuity between the generations and freedom - the choice to live your life as you want and to be its real master... Well, it is difficult for me to come up with 10 lines for this movie (as the guidelines indicate) since this is a movie that needs to be seen coz it is a movie to be felt...because it is simple and that's why it is a work of genius!!! It's absolutely worth seeing!


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Release Date:

16 October 2009 (Bulgaria) See more »

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$132,547
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