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Zift
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Directed By
Javor Gardev

Written By:
Vladislav Todorov

Cast:
Djoko Rosic, Zahary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev, Antony Argirov, Alexander Kadiev, Mariana Makova, Jordan Mutafov, Yordan Slaveikov


 
Zift (2008)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
March 19th, 2009

SXSW Film Festival

Favorite Movie Quote: "Being dangerous keeps you safe."

The opening of the film is hilarious. A man finds out his wife is cheating on him and he uses the septic truck he operates, loaded with three tons of waste, to get even. I don't know what it has to do with the story, but it was funny. There were a lot of funny stories throughout the film.

The film moves from there to a prison where Moth (Zahary Baharov) is about to be released after serving time for a crime he did not commit. He enters a world he doesn't know as the Communists are now in power.

The film is brilliant in a sharp black and white, which is perfect as it is neo-noir. At the same time, it is a Socialist Art (Sots Art) film, which parodies the Soviet Realism with reverential depictions of workers, peasants living happily in their communes. The shower scene in the prison was particularly funny.

It was confusing when he is released from prison and ends up in another one immediately, but in flashbacks we see Moth with his wife Ada (Tanya Ilieva) and partner-in-crime Slug (Vladimir Penev), who is now an official in the new prison, and is looking for a diamond they stole years earlier.

He escapes, but not before he is poisoned. He manages to find Ada before he is to die. Things get a little surreal, and weird from here, but they go after the diamond. What happens next was satisfying and sad.

There were other great performances: Mihail Mutafov as Van Wurst-the Eye and Djoko Rosic as the priest.

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