Directed by: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva – Bulgaria, Germany – 2022 – 113 min
When a small Bulgarian town is severly affected by COVID-19, the soul of the entire community of 50,000 inhabitants moves to the hospital – understaffed and under-resources, as is the case with this part of the world. Classmates reunite, people tell stories and sometimes they laugh, and the character who joins them together is the somewhat eccentric doctor, Evgeni Popov, the one who offers both medication and encouragement. The directing team manages to observe with fresh eyes behaviours and characters in life-and-death situations and to build a cinematic experience that stay with you, because the film is a story about humanity and hope, told with typically Balkan humour, which you will find familiar. It becomes a weapon itself in the fight against the invisible and omnipotent virus, for which humanity hadn’t found a cure at that point.