A Provincial Hospital

Filmstill A Provincial Hospital

A Provincial Hospital

A Provincial Hospital
Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
Panorama Middle and Eastern Europe
Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Germany
2022
110 minutes
Bulgarian
subtitles: 
English
German premiere

Kyustendil, a city in the Bulgarian mountains, was hit hard by Covid. The local hospital is probably a reasonably representative microcosm of how the medical staff dealt with the worst consequences of the pandemic. Ten years after his debut “Sofia’s Last Ambulance” (DOK Leipzig 2012), Ilian Metev returns with another film about a national health system that opposes the virus with gallows humour and individual commitment.

Metev himself was stuck in London during the shooting, monitoring from afar as co-director Teneva and her colleague Chertov collected the material and edited it alone. The focus is on the hospital staff. And if there is one main protagonist among the countless members of the cast, it’s Dr. Popov. Warm-hearted and always ready with a quip, we even often see him without a mask – the other employees are usually hidden behind protective gear. They all share a tough sense of humour to get them through the days and nights. The logistical challenges of such a film project also crop up: The people with the cameras are frequently mentioned and addressed. In this emergency community of patients, doctors and film crew they seem to be always ready to joke. But death, up in the intensive care unit, is very close.

Lina Dinkla

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18.10.
#291
Schaubühne Lindenfels
A Provincial Hospital
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18.10.2022
Schaubühne Lindenfels
#291
A Provincial Hospital
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22.10.
#611
CineStar 2
A Provincial Hospital
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22.10.2022
CineStar 2
#611
A Provincial Hospital
No discount needed - costs 6,50€ in general
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Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Ilian Metev
Ivan Chertov
Zlatina Teneva
Martichka Bozhilova
Ilian Metev
Ingmar Trost
Marcella Jelić
Ivan Chertov
Ilian Metev
Zlatina Teneva
Ilian Metev
Ivan Chertov
Zlatina Teneva
Ivan Andreev
Adrian Lo

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Main Contact
Martichka Bozhilova
producer@agitprop.bg
Nominated for MDR Film Prize