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Sofia's Last Ambulance


In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve 2 million people, Krassi, Mila and Plamen are our unlikely heroes: chain-smoking, filled with humor and relentlessly saving lives against all odds. Yet, the strain of a broken system is taking its toll. How long can they keep on fixing society's injured until they lose their empathy.


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The Filmmakers

Ilian Metev Director

Ilian Metev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1981. He initially pursued a career as a concerting violinist and became obsessed with melding musical form and film language. He went on to study Fine Art in London, followed by an MA in Documentary Direction at the National Film and Television School. His graduation film GOLESHOVO (2008) has been screened at over 60 festivals and received 17 awards, including a BBC Development Award, the Don Quixote Award in Krakow and the Talent Dove at DOK Leipzig film festival. SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE is his first feature film. Ilian is currently based between Oxford and Sofia.

Festivals & Awards

Cannes - Critics' Week


France 4 Visionary Award



Official Selection: "Sofia, Bulgaria. In a city where only 13 ambulances struggle to serve several million people, three paramedics face Kafkaesque situations. Struggling against an avalanche of absurdities in a crumbling medical system, they do what they do best: save lives."

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Cinema Eye Honors


Nominee - Best First Film

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival


Best Documentary Feature


SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE is another major discovery... You feel this film in your gut, like a brick through a windshield.”


Deeply human”