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MIÉRCOLES 22 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES – SALA 5 | 13:00 HRS. | 103 MIN.

DOMINGO 26 | CINEMEX REFORMA-CASA DE ARTE | 11:30 HRS. | 103 MIN.

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Germany | 2018 | DCP | Color | 103 min | Stephan Komandarev

Director: Stephan Komandarev
Script: Stephan Komandarev, Simeon Ventsislavov
Producer: Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
Cinematography: Vasselin Hristov
Sound: Markus Krohn
Edition: Nina Altaparmakova
Cast: Vasil Vasilev-Zueka, Ivan BArnev, Asse Blatechki, Irini Zhambonas, Vasil Banov, Troyan Gogov, Dobrin Dosev, Guerassim Guerguiev, Dimitar Banenkin, Stephan Denolyubov
Production Company: Argo Film, Aktis Film Production UG

Synopsis
At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner, who drives a taxi to make ends meet, discovers the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. He wants to remain an honest man. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now also wants its share of the action. In desperate anger, he shoots the banker and then himself. The incident sparks a major 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 – a new direction.

Stephan Komandarev
Born in 1966 in Sofia. He graduated in Film & TV directing at the New Bulgarian University. His previous works include award-winning documentaries and feature films, such as: The world is big and salvation lurks around the corner (2008) which was the first Bulgarian film shortlisted for 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; was the most widely released Bulgarian film to date; and won 35 awards at international film festivals.

The Judgement (2014) was the official Bulgarian submission for the 2016 Academy Awards. Other credits include The town of Badante women (2009), Alphabet of Hope (2003), Bread over the fence (2002) and Dog`s a Home (1999). He attended Cannes 2016 as co-producer of Bogdan Mirica’s Caini/Dogs, which won the FIPRESCI Prize in Un Certain Regard. He is the founder and owner of Argo Film, which produced Directions in co-production with Aktis Film and Sektor Film.

Festivals
Cannes Festival