Previously at the ICA - Films
2 Oct 2014
Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, has over two million inhabitants, but with a medical infrastructure in ruins the city’s fleet of 13 ambulances are hardest hit. Doctor Krassi, nurse Mila and driver Plamen are the chain-smoking crew of one of these hard-pressed vehicles. We follow as they race through the night from one call to another, armed with dedication and humour they struggle to save lives in the face of a lack of resources, a crumbling infrastructure and roads that are more pothole than tarmac.
Winner of the Visionary Award at Cannes Critics Week, director Ilian Metev focuses the camera closely on the ambulance crew, capturing changes in their state of mind as the gruelling shift drags on. Sofia’s Last Ambulance is a beautifully considered and artfully constructed documentary highlighting the persistent efforts of the ambulance crew to work despite lack of means, exhaustion and ineffective bureaucracy.
The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Ilian Metev
Sofia's Last Ambulance, dir. Ilian Metev, Bulgaria / Croatia / Germany 2012, 76 mins
All films are 18+ unless otherwise specified