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A Provincial Hospital Programme 2022

by Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva Documentary Competition

It is the summer of 2020 and a state of emergency prevails in the hospital of a small Bulgarian town. Dr. Popov, as eccentric as he is charming, and his team hurry through poorly lit corridors to visit provisionally equipped patient rooms. Despite a lack of resources and uncertainty about the extent of the Corona pandemic, the hospital staff is committed to each individual. The documentary A PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL takes us through the impressive daily madness of doctors, staff and patients with a precise camera, accompanying them through moments of fear and hope. The result is a homage to the hospital as an institution – and to all those who refuse to be deprived of their sense of humour, even in exceptional situations.

About the director(s)

Ilian Metev is director of the documentary films GOLESHOVO (2008) and SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE (2012), and the feature film 3/4 (2017). He has received numerous awards for his works. Ivan Chertov has worked as a cameraman on various award-winning fiction and documentary film projects. Zlatina Teneva studied journalism at the University of Sofia and has since worked as a director and line producer for ARTE and Deutsche Welle. Chertov and Teneva debuted as documentary film directors with A PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL. The film had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Filmography Ilian Metev (selection): A Provincial Hospital (doc, 2022) | 3/4 (2017) | Sofia's Last Ambulance (doc, 2012) | Goleshovo (short film, doc, 2008)

Filmography Ivan Chertov (selection): A Provincial Hospital (doc, 2022)

Filmography Zlatina Teneva (selection): A Provincial Hospital (doc, 2022)


About the director(s)


Time Venue

18:15 Kosmos 4

17:45 Kosmos 4

18:45 Piccadilly

15:30* Kosmos 4

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  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Bulgaria, Germany, 2022
  • Runtime: 114 Min
  • Languages: Bulgarian
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Directors: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
  • Cast: Dr. Evgeni Popov, Evelina Arsova, Maya Filipova, Daniel Kadifkin, Emil Stoyanov-Chemata
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  • Screenplay: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
  • Cinematography: Ivan Chertov
  • Editor: Ilian Metev
  • Sound: Zlatina Teneva
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  • Producers: Martichka Bozhilova, Ilian Metev, Ingmar Trost
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  • Production Companies: AGITPROP, Chaconna Films, Sutor Kolonko
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