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Iztochni piesi (2009)

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

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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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

Bulgaria | Sweden

Language:

Bulgarian | Turkish | English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Eastern Plays See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

singer: [from lyrics] Inject me with love.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Inject Me With Love
by Nasekomix
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Love, hatred, violence
7 April 2010 | by LazySodSee all my reviews

Staged in current day Sofia this film portrays the effects of an all too known and all too frightening blind hatred toward anyone that is different. Two brothers, one an artistic drug addict on the mend, the other a racist. Once divided now brought back together by a single event that forever changes the lives of all.

Dark and dreary, scary and painful. Films that tangle with racism in the way this film does always are like that. It settles like a huge weight on the stomach and doesn't lighten for many long moments. It never gets too heavy though - it's just right.

The acting work is fitting, the characters displayed are real. And this makes it all the more scary. It's all too easy to feel a form of compassion for all of them, which adds a lot to the film.

8 out of 10 life altering choices


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