New Realities / UK premiere

Sofia’s Last Ambulance

  • Ilian Metev /
  • Croatia, Bulgaria, Germany /
  • 2012 /
  • 76 mins

Krassimir Yordanov, Mila Mikhailova, Plamen Slavkov / Documentary / Bulgarian

And you thought the NHS was underfunded...


Director: Ilian Metev
Producers: Dimitar Gotchev, Siniša Juri?i?, Ingmar Trost, Ilian Metev
Exec Producers: Lora Chenakova, Dan Cogan, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff
Editors: Ilian Metev, Betina Ip
DoP: Ilian Metev
Sound Production: Dominic Fitzgerald

Cast: Krassimir Yordanov, Mila Mikhailova, Plamen Slavkov

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  • #1 Iain Leheny / Saturday 22 June, 2013 / 01:06 GMT

    Very enjoyable. A purely observational documentary, in which cameras follow an ambulance crew in Bulgaria’s cash-strapped capital city. We see them dealing with some intensely frustrating situations and gain a degree of insight into life in Sofia.

    It is nicely shot, with the patients and their injuries never shown on camera. Focus always therefore remains on the ambulance crew and their individual reactions to the situation at hand. The result is a very likeable and thoroughly absorbing character study. Well worth a watch.
  • #2 Bruce Laing / Saturday 22 June, 2013 / 20:08 GMT

    Learned that this film had a positive impact on increase ambulance workers pay
  • #3 Pamela Hanlon / Sunday 23 June, 2013 / 21:47 GMT

    It certainly makes you realise that while the NHS has its problems here, we're still very lucky to have what we do.

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