EASTERN PLAYS

V' 09

EASTERN PLAYS

Kamen Kalev
BG/S, 2009
Fiction, 89min, OmeU

EASTERN PLAYS

Kamen Kalev
BG/S, 2009
Fiction, 89min, OmeU

Cast: 
Christo Christov
Itso
Ovanes Torosian
Georgi
Saadet Isil Aksoy
Isil
Nikolina Yancheva
Niki
Hatice Aslan
Isils Mutter
Erem Atabeyoglu
Isils Vater
Screenplay: 
Kamen Kalev
Sound: 
Momchil Bozhkov
Boris Trayanov
Camera: 
Julian Atanasov
Editor: 
Kamen Kalev
Stefan Piryov
Johannes Pinter
Composer: 
Jean-Paul Wall
Decoration: 
Martin Slavov

Production: 
Waterfront Film The Chimney Pot, Film i Väst
World Sales: 
Memento Films 6 cité Paradis 75010 Paris, Frankreich T +33 1 53 34 90 20 sales@memento-films.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Two brothers who have lost all contact are suddenly brought together when they have opposite roles in a racist beating: While Georgi who's recently joined a neo-nazi group participates in the violence, Itso witnesses and rescues the Turkish family. Georgi, now being asked to participate in larger events, starts to question his implication in the movement, and Itso wonders if the beautiful Turkish girl he saved could be his ticket out from his sad life in Sofia. Only by reuniting the two brothers will be able to assess what they really want from life.

While both brothers are floundering in existential solitude, Itso projects a far deeper sense of being both lost and trapped. Perhaps it is because Christov, an old friend of director Kamen Kalev, was the basis for the script, and many details are taken directly from his life. Kalev’s sensitivity, combined with dialogue as truthful as it is natural, leaves no room for vampiric verisimilitude; while it comes as a shock to discover, in the end credits, that Christov tragically died last year, the entire film is suffused with poignant respect.
(Jay Weissberg)