Central Station Sofia
Original title: Central Station Sofia
Country: United Kingdom, Bulgaria
Year of release: 2013
Runtime: 14 minutes
Producer: Alberto Iordanov
Camera: Lukasz Kulec
Editing: Alberto Iordanov
Sound: Ben Seal
Cast: Diana Petkova, Nikolay Kamberov, Ina Yankova, Teodor Zahariev, Georgi Zarev
The biggest train station in the Balkans was built during the peak of the socialist era, but today is a place that many people try to avoid. This surreal meditation showing the wanderings of a conifer, an empty hotel, a shuttered café and snippets from the lives of the station’s inhabitants provides a portrait of the current state of an entire country.
Birds fight over a piece of bread. A radio announcement. Nobody at the hotel, a bored receptionist, disgruntled rail workers forbidden from watching television – for even in the half-life of decay there must be a clear sense of order.