Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Run Time: 107 minutes


DIRECTIONS begins with the grim story of Misho, a middle-aged Bulgarian taxi driver with a teenage daughter. Down on his luck, Misho has been desperately trying to pay back the loan he received for his business. When a shady banker tries to renege on their deal, Misho murders him and attempts suicide. What follows is a series of vignettes about cab drivers and the dubious situations that occur during their late-night shifts. With the economy tanked, driving taxis has become a last resort. The drivers’ wealthy—and often rude—customers see them as inferior, resulting in heated exchanges and violent clashes. But it’s not all bad—there are glimmers of humanity in some of the encounters. As evidenced by the support for Misho coming from talk radio listeners, though, these situations mirror the social unrest in the country. The retaliation from drivers is seen as a just reaction to greed, corruption, and an economy that favors the rich. Through these compelling stories, director Stephan Komandarev paints a dramatic portrait of life in modern day urban Bulgaria. (In Bulgarian with subtitles) —E.F.

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Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:10 AM

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition


Stephan Komandarev

Director, producer, and sceenwriter Stephan Komandarev was born in 1966 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the New Bulgarian University in 1999 with a degree in film and television directing. Komandarev gained wide recognition when his film “The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner” became the first Bulgarian film to be shortlisted for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film.

Pansion za kucheta (2000), Hlyab nad ogradata (2002), Alphabet of Hope (2004), The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008), The Town of Badante Women (2010), The Judgment (2014), DIRECTIONS 2017

Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova, Stelios Ziannis, Vera Weit, Vladimir Anastasov, Angela Nestorovska

Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev

Vesselin Hristov

Nina Altaparmakova

Principal Cast
Anna Komandareva, Vassil Vasilev–Zuek, Ivan Barnev, Borislava Stratieva, Georgi Kadurin, Assen Blatechki, Dobrin Dossev, Gerasim Georgiev, Irini Jambonas, Vasil Banov, Julian Vergov, Stefka Yanorova, Nikolay Urumov, Sofia Bobcheva, Troyan Gogov

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