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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

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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Genres:

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

Fish: You know why there are no Arabs in Star Trek?
Georgi: Why?
Fish: Because it's in the future. Get it?
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Connections

References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto BWV 974
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould Edition
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A Sofia story, a human story
15 November 2009 | by gospodinBezkraiSee all my reviews

This film is real, touchable; and at the same time poetic, touching! It reveals the condition of a lost soul of Sofia (the city), a young man who is leaving narcotics behind but there is nothing else in our modern life here to replace them. Boredom, inertia, dissatisfaction, pointlessness, emotional routine plague the souls in Sofia of all generations, young or old. Only love might give hope...

The character is looking for this one little piece of love, maybe hidden somewhere in his heel...

The film makes keen and exact observations at people, at the cityscape, at the relations in Bulgaria. Although it tells about drug addiction, about skinhead groups, it felt like it is coming from my own life! I could recognise friends, parents, the apartments i've lived in. The details are 100% there. The actor play is very very strong (with the exception of Stefan Danailov's student, maybe on purpose?). The young man is himself, not an actor. He is showing his own life, his guts, which makes 'Eastern plays' even more dramatic.

The camera work is incredible - its an art photographer's capture of Sofia. Some will say it is ugly, for me it is ravishingly beautiful, dignified. Sofia becomes a serene participant in the story. The music is a participant as well! 'Inject me love' was not composed for the film yet it fits it perfectly. Maybe the movie will put the "underground" Bulgarian electroacoustic group Nassekomix on the world stage?


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