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Sofia's Last Ambulance

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Country :
Bulgaria
Language :
Bulgarian
Director :
Ilian Metev
Writer :
Ilian Metev
Distributor :
Second Run
Locations :
Sofia

Sofia's Last Ambulance

Poslednata lineika na Sofia
  • Bulgaria
  • 2012
  • 75 minutes

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Country :
Bulgaria
Language :
Bulgarian
Director :
Ilian Metev
Writer :
Ilian Metev
Distributor :
Second Run
Locations :
Sofia

Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, has more than a million inhabitants but only 13 ambulances... Ilian Metev's gritty, multi-award-winning documentary follows two medics and their driver as they struggle to cope with the problems of a society on the brink of social and economic collapse.


Shot in a style that recall's Abbas Kiarostami's 10, with a camera on each of the cockpit's trio, Metev's film refreshingly lacks any sensationalism, political agenda or contrivances. A fly-on-the-dashboard record, this extraordinary, unsentimental 'state-of-the-nation' portrait emerges as a film of universal relevance about a decaying health care system within a society in transition. Filled with humour and camaraderie, it is also a study of three dedicated professionals with a passion for their work and a love of humanity.

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