COMPLETED FILMS, Feature film
November 20, 2019
Year of production: 2019
Category: fiction film;
Lenght: 106 minutes
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Script: Simeon Ventsislavov and Stephan Komandarev
DoP: Vesselin Hristov
Editor: Nina Altaparmakova
Production Designer: Maria Koycheva
Produced by: (Bulgaria-Serbia-France) An Argo Film, See Film Pro production in co-production with Deuxieme Ligne Films, EZ Films. Producers: Katya Trichkova, Stephan Komandarev. Co-producers: Dobromir Chochov, Elie Meirovitz, Nenad Dukic, Marie Dubas.
World sales: Beta Cinema, Munich.
THREE TEAMS OF POLICE OFFICERS PATROL THE STREETS OF SOFIA IN THIS SOMETIMES TRAGIC, OFTEN AMUSING AND ACUTELY TRUE-TO-LIFE PORTRAIT OF A SOCIETY LOSING ALL SENSE.
Sofia, November 9th, 2019. Night. As the country prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the regime change in Bulgaria, three police patrol cars roam the streets of the sleeping city.The police officers on their rounds take us on a journey through a society that is still looking for its purpose and identity after three decades of transition. These are scenes of survival and failure, of lives saved while others are lost, of generosity dissolving into social cruelty and indifference. The elusive preservation of dignity seems to be the sole point of getting through the night.
Cast: Irini Jambonas, Stefan Denolyubov, Assen Blatechki, Ivan Barnev, Stoyan Doychev, Vassil Vassilev – Zouek
“Ambitious. Engrossing. A palpable hit with audiences.”Variety”Surprisingly close to quintessential … one stacked crowdpleaser”Variety”Komandarev’s most widely embraced film since his Oscar-shortlisted 2009 breakout “The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner.”Variety”Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev delves even deeper to the core of his country’s social issues with Rounds. The film offers an effective combination of emotion and relevance.”Cineuropa”A film about dignity, hope and being able to keep one’s head up in the face of adversity. Greatly aided by the committed performances. Actually, Rounds is a mirror for every one of the former communist countries in the region, which have all, in their own way, faced similar difficulties”Cineuropa
Sarajevo IFF 2019, Best Actress, Cineuropa Award
Gijon IFF 2019 – Best Actress
Tetovo IFF 2019 – Best Script Award, “Golden Roze”
National festival of Bulgarian cinema 2019 – Special Prize of the Jury, Best Actress, Audience Award,
„goEast“ IFF – Wiesbaden 2020 – Best film “Golden Lily” award and the International Film Critic’s Award FIPRESCI
Arras Film Festival – France 2020 – Special mention of the jury