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EASTERN PLAYS

Bulgaria, 2009 (MIFF 2009, International Panorama)

Director: Kamen Kalev

Two brothers on opposites sides of the ideological fence, two families brought into each other's lives. Can one senseless act help make sense of their world?

Georgi is a 17-year-old skinhead on a vicious path of destruction; his 38-year-old brother Itzo is a drug-addled artist struggling to put an addiction to heroin behind him. Though estranged from one another, a violent racial clash will bring them together, and into the lives of an innocent Turkish family.

The debut feature from Kamen Kalev, Eastern Plays brings unexpected warmth to a gritty tale of dispossessed souls, and the extremist movements that sometimes claim them.

“An honest, skilful rumination on the search for inner and outer connections… an impressive debut that ends on a surprisingly hopeful note.” - Variety

D/S Kamen Kalev P Kamen Kalev, Stefan Piriyov, Frederik Zander WS Memento Films L Bulgarian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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