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...


Ilian Metev

Ilian Metev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1981. He studied Fine Art in London, followed by an MA in Documentary Direction at the NFTS. His graduation film Goleshovo (2008) has been screened at over 60 festivals and received 17 awards, including a BBC Development Award, the Don Quixote Award in Krakow and the Talent Dove at DOK Leipzig film festival. Sofia’s Last Ambulance is his first feature film.

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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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