Magazine article Screen International


Magazine article Screen International


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Dir: Viktor Chouchkov Jr. Bulgaria 2011. 94mins

Already a big hit in its home market and now submitted as Bulgaria's entry for the foreign language film Oscar, Tilt is a lively, smartly-made drama that sets its tale of young love and youthful hustle against the backdrop of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

The production values are notably strong.

Whether the film can attract the kind of awards season attention that often leads to wide international distribution remains to be seen. But even if it can't it should still serve as a useful industry calling card for first time director Viktor Chouchkov and his brother, producer and co-writer Borislav.The film screened at the Transilvania Intertnational Film Festival in Romania, and at Raindance in the UK.

The Chouchkov brothers (whose company has up to now made mostly TV shows and commercials) open the story in 1989 Sofia, where handsome rebel Stash (played by Yavor Baharoff from Bulgarian TV series Glass Home) and his friends Angel (Ivaylo Dragiev), Gogo (Ovanes Torosjan) and B-Gum (Alexander Sano) make cash for pinball and skateboarding by dealing in illegal German porn videos.

When Stash starts dating the equally rebellious Becky (Radina Kardjilova, also from Glass Home) the girl's policeman father (Georgy Staykov, recently seen in the Danish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) arrests the gang and threatens prison if Stash doesn't break off the relationship.

Taking advantage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the boys flee to Germany and hook up with other emigres trying to make it in the West. …

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