The story unfolds in one night. The main character, the Moth, is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction for a murder. He was sent to jail shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, and now finds himself in a new and alien world – the totalitarian Sofia of the 1960s. All hell breaks loose as soon as he walks out of jail.
2008, 92 min.
Director: Javor Gardev
Writer: Vladislav Todorov
Cast: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev, Mihail Mutafov, Djoko Rossich, Ivan Barnev, Snezhina Petrova, Hristo Petkov, Boyka Velkova, Anastassia Liutova, Svetlana Yancheva
Production: Miramar Film
Festivals & Awards (selection): MOSCOW – Silver St. George Award for Best Director in Main Competition – Javor Gardev | The prize of the Russian Film Clubs Federation for Best Film in Main Competition | TORONTO – Discovery Competition | REYKJAVIK – New Visions Program | Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, MONTREAL – Main competition | ZAGREB – Main competition | KIEV – Festival of Festivals program | SEVILLE European Film Festival – EFA Selection | MAR DEL PLATA – Official competition | Bulgarian Feature Film Festival GOLDEN ROSE, Varna – Best Film; Best Leading Actor – Mihail Mutafov; Best Director of Photography – Emil Christov; Best Editor – Kevork Aslanyan; Special Prize of the Film Critics Association; Best Producers Special Prize bestowed by New Boyana Film | THESSALONIKI – Balkan Survey | MINSK – Main Competition | TALLINN – Forum | SANTA BARBARA – International competition | GOTEBORG – Critic’s Week | SOFIA – Special Jury Award | SXSW – official selection