Director: Javor Gardev
A one-off noir thrill-ride artfully crafted from chiaroscuro and fog.
In the opening moments, Moth is hurtled from a soviet jail into a stylised 60s Sofia underworld. He must steer at breakneck pace through the Kafkaesque communism, the severe architecture and the menagerie of bottom feeders.
Zift has the wit and style of the best noir with grim Balkan brawn. It creates an audaciously visceral world of scatology, glass eyes and a very fatal femme. A debut feature from theatre veteran Javor Gardev, it has been an instant global festival hit.
Rapid-fire plotting and exceptional photography combine to create a breathtaking riff on Bulgaria's repressive Communist past.
Director Javor Gardev is a guest of the Festival.
Croatia, Bosnia, Germany, USA, 2008
Simmering enmities spark a fierce battle of wills in a wintry wasteland. ... Hasan is a Muslim who left Bosnia before the war. He now lives a life of ennui and private anxiety in bitterly cold North … More »
Bosnia, Germany, France, Iran, 2008
“Humanely wrought.” - Eye Weekly ... Snow takes place amid the ruins and the anguish that followed the Serbo-Bosnian conflict. An isolated Bosnian village of mostly women and children must contin… More »
A perilous black comedy. ... Serbia, 1993. A troupe of Belgrade actors takes a French farce on tour for a quick buck. The quaint Serbian towns the actors expect to find have become the scene of a civ… More »
A demented black comedy/fantasy populated with countless lusty women and a handful of pugilistic men. ... Having accidentally killed the last man in their village, two sisters are pledged to hunt for… More »
A surprising story of oppression told with remarkable access and clarity. ... When Albania broke with the USSR in 1960, Russians living there suddenly became personae non grata. Couples in mixed marr… More »