Alienation
Bulgaria 2013

Info Trailer
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directed by Milko Lazarov, drama, 77 min, eng subtitles written by Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov, Georgi Tenev
with Christos Stergioglou, Mariana Jikich, Ovanes Torosian, Neda Iskrenova

Yorgos lives with his younger wife, Elena, and his bedridden mother in a forested area in north-eastern Greece. Conversation is negligible, and affection, if it exists, is undemonstrative. They have passionless sex on the floor next to their conjugal bed but don’t seem to share much else, except a desire to have a baby together. So the plan is to buy one. But once in Bulgaria, Yorgos runs into an unforeseen complication: the surrogate mother hasn’t gone into labour yet. This leads them to a secluded house in the mountains where the unborn will be delivered during a raging thunderstorm that gives the much-anticipated birth an almost biblical gloss. Set entirely in the rural frontier area between Greece and Bulgaria, the story is told with stark austerity and minimalist aesthetics. The intention of director Milko Lazarov is to create a parable. “It is not a manual on how to buy a baby in poor Bulgaria,” Lazarov says about his debut film, “it is more an itinerary on how to lose oneself.”

Awards
Venice IFF 2013 (Fedeora Award, Best Director of a Debut Film)
Warsaw IFF 2013

Un homme au volant d'une voiture d'époque s'apprête à passer la frontière. C'est un Grec de plus de cinquante ans. Il se dirige vers la Bulgarie, où il veut acheter un enfant. Pour pouvoir ramener le nouveau-né clandestinement, Yorgos a aménagé dans le coffre un compartiment secret masqué par le réservoir d'essence. Comme l'enfant n'est pas encore né, l'homme doit l'attendre dans une maison de montagne isolée, aux côtés de la mère, du frère sourd-muet de cette dernière et d'une sage-femme. Et puis, la naissance a lieu, par une nuit d'orage.

Prix
Venice IFF 2013 (Fedeora Award, Best Director of a Debut Film)
Warsaw IFF 2013

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