As Bulgaria prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the regime change, three police patrol cars roam the streets of the city. Apparently unaware of each other, the patrols overlap and intersect, as incidents pile on, adding up to a kind of ‘state of the nation’ snapshot. Inspired by real-life events. Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes. Bulgarian with subtitles.
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BFS rating 15
BFS opinion: The film offers an interesting insight into the issues facing an ex-communist country a decade after becoming part of the EU, through the eyes of police officers on night patrol. Has the country moved on, or is it still held back by the perennial communist era problems of corruption, inequality and general pessimism, and by human nature itself?
The film overall is fairly downbeat, but there are some lovely moments, and some humorous ones too. I found it very watchable, and a reminder that change is a slow process.
The film will screen with recorded Q&A with director Stephan Komandarev.
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