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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Rounds

2019, Stephan Komandarev, Bulgaria/Serbia, 106 min.
With Aleksandar Aleksiev, Ivan Barnev

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 14th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Mar 19th 6:00pm

In the dark streets of the capital, three sets of ethically compromised cops patrol on night duty in this episodic saga that ricochets between dark humor and heartrending drama. A master at creating a gripping mix of situational comedy with the pathos of characters trapped on the losing side of prosperity, director Komandarev (2009 Oscar short-listed THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER) tops his equally episodic DIRECTIONS with a film that unfolds deepest irony on the eve of the city’s anniversary celebration of the fall of communism. A running black joke involving the abandoned body of a junkie is the connecting thread through the night. Two cop partners engaged in an illicit affair squabble and face a personal turning point, while, across town, their colleagues are plunged into a maelstrom of temptation, corruption, and human perfidy. In Bulgarian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Beta Cinema. (BS)

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