DIRECTIONS | ПОСОКИ (original title)

2014 | Drama |103 min

Argo Film, Bulgaria / Aktis Films, Germany / Sektor Film, Macedonia / supported by Eurimages

Multiple stories of taxi drivers while they work one night.

A road movie set in present day Bulgaria, a country remains optimistic, mainly because all the realists and pessimists have left. At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner, who drives a cab to make ends meet, discovers the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now wants its share of the action. At his wit's end, he shoots the banker and then himself. The incident sparks national debate on talk radio about how despair has taken over civil society. Meanwhile, six taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward.

Directed by: Stephan Komandarev

Screenplay by: Simeon Ventsislavov & Stephan Komandarev

Cinematography by: Vesselin Hristov

Produced by: Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova, Stelios Zianis, Vera Weit, Vladimir Anastasov, Angela Nestorovska

Vasil Banov - Kosta
Ivan Barnev - Vlado
Assen Blatechki - Joro
Stefan Denolyubov - Nikola
Dobrin Dosev - Andrei
Gerasim Georgiev - Mitko
Troyan Gogov - Petar
Irini Jambonas - Rada
Georgi Kadurin - Popov
Anna Komandareva - Nikol
Borislava Stratieva - Lora (as Borisleva Stratieva)
Nikolai Urumov - Genadi
Vassil Vassilev - Misho
Julian Vergov - Rumen
Stefka Yanorova-Trenfafilova - Emilia

2017: 70. Cannes Film Festival, France, Official Selection “Un Certain Regard”

2017: 23. Sarajevo Film Festival, Official Competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Special Jury Mention Award

2017: 41. Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, Official Competition

2017: 38. Manaki Brothers, International Cinematographer’s Film Festival, Macedonia, Official Competition

2017: 35. Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, Bulgaria, Honourable Mention Jury Award and Best Actress Award

2017: 35. Vancouver Film Festival, Canada, Panorama Contemporary World Cinema

2017: 17. Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, International Fiction

2017: 20. Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon, Panorama

2017: 33. Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, Golden Anchor Competition

2017: 25. Filmfest Hamburg, Germany, European Cinema Co-productions

2017: 19. Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil, World Panorama

2017: 10. Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, Competition

2017: 44. Gent International Film Festival, Belgium

2017: 22. Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, World Cinema

2017: 33. Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, Special Screenings

2017: 20. Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, Panorama

2017: 13. Free Zone Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, Regional Selection

2017: 27. Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia, Panorama

2017: 55. Gijon International Film Festival, Spain, Best Script award