COMPLETED FILMS, Feature film
November 18, 2016
Year of production: 2017
Category: fiction film;
Lenght: 103 minutes
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Script: Simeon Ventsislavov and Stephan Komandarev
One of the stories is based on Anton Chekhov’s work “Misery”
DoP: Vesselin Hristov
Editor: Nina Altaparmakova
Production Designer: Maria Koycheva
Produced by: Stephan Komandarev and Katya Trichkova (Argo Film – Bulgaria), Stelios Ziannis and Vera Weit (Aktis Film Production – Germany), Vladimir Anastasov and Angela Nestorovska (Sektor film – Macedonia)
World sales: ARRI Media International – www.arrimedia.de
DIRECTIONS is a road movie through the dystopia that is present day Bulgaria, a country that remains optimistic, mainly because all the realists and pessimists have left.
At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner, who drives a cab to make ends meet, discovers the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now wants its share of the action. At his wit’s end, he shoots the banker and then himself.
The incident sparks national debate on talk radio about how despair has taken over civil society. Meanwhile, five taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward.
Cast (in order of appearance):
Anna Komandareva, Vassil Vasilev – Zuek, Ivan Barnev, Borislava Stratieva, Georgi Kadurin, Assen Blatechki, Dobrin Dossev, Gerasim Georgiev, Irini Jambonas, Vasil Banov, Julian Vergov, Stefka Yanorova, Nikolay Urumov, Sofia Bobcheva, Troyan Gogov, Hristo Mutafchiev, Stefan Sarchadjiev, Dimitar Pishev, Stanislav Kertikov, Dimitar Banenkin, Stefan Denolyubov, Nelly Monedzhikova.
2017: Official selection “Un certain regard”, Festival de Cannes