Bulgaria

Synopsis

While hitchhiking from Sofia to Ruse, Kamen meets Ave, a 17-year-old runaway girl. With each ride they hitch, Ave invents new identities for them, and her compulsive lies get Kamen deeper and deeper into trouble. Reluctantly drawn into this adventure, Kamen begins to fall in love with the fleeting Ave.

Director's Statement

Sometimes you find yourself in a whirlpool of events larger and more powerful than yourself. You spin and twist, and what was before familiar becomes harder and harder to grasp. Such was my experience with the untimely death of one of my teenage friends. When I learned that he had committed suicide, I hastily set out to hitchhike to his village - arriving eventually, but too late for the funeral. One night, a few years earlier, I returned home to find a sixteen-year-old runaway girl at my doorstep. I invited her in and she accepted, but only after making me promise that I will never ask her why she was there. I instantly fell in love with her. Though we knew each other for only a brief period of time# she profoundly affected my life. Over the course of years, I moved from one country to the next, one city to another, but the memory of my friend's death and my encounter with this elusive wayfarer always stayed with me. They inspired the story of Ave. In Ave, the two main characters, Kamen, an alienated art student and Ave, a seventeen-year-old runaway, are forced to confront death and love for the first time in their lives. They react with raw spontaneity. Ultimately, their experience is cathartic and life changing, and by the end of their journey together they are ready to embrace life. Ave is about those exceptional moments in a young person's life when time feels suspended, and one's responsibility is only to the beat of one's own heart. It is a road movie as spontaneous and freewheeling as the characters' adventures. And, despite the unfolding of two deeply personal dramas, it does not lack for levity and humour. Artistically, the film is deeply indebted to road movies such as: The Passenger, Five Easy Pieces and Scarecrow; as well as more recent films like Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, and LA VIE REVEE DES ANGES.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Konstantin Bojanov

Written by: Konstantin Bojanov, Arnold Barkus

Produced by: Konstantin Bojanov, Dimitar Gotchev, Geoffroy Grison

Cinematography: Nenad Boroevich, Radoslav Gotchev

Editing: Stela Georgiev

Production Design: Nlkolay Karamfilov

Cast: Anjela Nedyalkova, Ovanes Torosyan, Martin Brambach, Svetlana Yancheva, Nikolay Urumov

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2011