Combustible Celluloid
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With: Zahary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev, Dimo Alexiev, Tzvetan Alexiev
Written by: Vladislav Todorov, based on his novel
Directed by: Javor Gardev
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language: Bulgarian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 92
Date: 06/27/2008

Zift (2009)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Bulgarian Pulp

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of the San Francisco International Film Festival's late show presentations, this slightly twisted, black-and-white Bulgarian film throws in just about everything you can think of, but smoothes the presentation into a slick, fluid concoction. An ex-con called "Moth" (Zahary Baharov) is released from prison but immediately falls into the hands of some uniformed men who want to know the location of a diamond that Moth supposedly stole. Flashback-filled, the film jumps all over from Moth's pre-prison crime days, to his life with his girlfriend, his life in prison and the present: racing around town, carrying a glass eye, with poison in his system trying to get to the bottom of everything. It even has a hint of political commentary for those who want a little depth to their pulp.
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