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Sofia, November 9th, 2019. Night. As the country prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the regime change in Bulgaria, three police patrol cars roam the streets of the city. Apparently unaware of each other, the patrols overlap and intersect, as incidents pile on, adding up to a kind of ‘state of the nation’ snapshot. The second in a trilogy of films (the first, Posoki / Directions, features Sofia’s night-time taxi drivers, the third will feature its ambulance crews) by one of Bulgaria’s most celebrated filmmakers, Rounds’ committed performances and convincing dialogue make the stories of survival and failure, of lives saved and of others lost, all feel true-to-life. Shot through with droll humour (a body lying beside some railway tracks becomes a running joke), this is a hugely entertaining and illuminating watch.
Winner of five international film festival awards, including the Cineuropa Award and Best Actress Award (Irini Jambonas) at the 2019 Sarajevo Film Festival.
Click here to watch a recording of the live streamed Q+A with director Stephan Komandarev which followed our launch screening on Thursday 11th June.
“A palpable hit with audiences upon its premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival… Rounds isn’t afraid to play quite broadly with its social messaging and emotional manipulations. There’s enough political conflict and character complication here to keep things interesting” - Guy Lodge, Variety.
Vasil Vasilev-Zueka, Stoyan Doychev, Irini Jambonas, Stefan Denolyubov, Assen Blatechki, Ivan Barnev