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L'Immeuble des Braves
Building of the Braves
AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Bojina Panayotova

IMAGE

Bojina Panayotova

SON

Pierre Bariaud, Samuel Aichoun

MONTAGE

Xavier SIrven, Bojina Panayotova

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Emilian Gatsov

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Stank

PARTICIPATION

Cinéma 93

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Stank

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Sofia, 13 juin 2014. Comme chaque jour, Ivan revient devant l’immeuble dont il s’est fait expulser. Il vient nourrir ses enfants, Gigi et Sara, deux chiens errants qui vivent encore là. Mais ce matin, les chiens ont disparu. Ivan dans tous ses états alerte le quartier et se lance dans une quête éperdue à travers la capitale bulgare pour retrouver les chiens.

“In Sofia, the residents of a mythical building had been evicted. I had come to hunt for film locations.” After this brief introductory title card, we discover what makes this Bulgarian building mythical, why its residents were evicted and how location-hun­ting turned into a film, as Bojina Panayotova seems to have expe­rienced it: like a sudden burst of enthusiasm that tips reality into the action-packed irreality of a paranoid thriller. It only needs a phone call to a man met beforehand: “busy saving the world in his own way” by gathe­ring snails off the railings of a subway entrance, he appears three minutes later in front of a building throwing bits of sausage through the windows of the condemned building, calling out the names of a cat and two dogs seemingly imprisoned inside the run-down dwelling. But soon the building’s caretaker drives up, forbids entry, bans the camera, and threatens to beat up Ivan. Panayo­tova follows Ivan’s distraught wande­rings around the district, as he insults neighbours at their window, tradespeople in their shops or bus drivers at the wheel. What has become of the dogs? Those “dear communists”, the Eco-Balance dog kennels, some Arab mafia or other, or “boundless Bulgarian savagery” are the potential suspects in this outlan­dish documentary, which launches into a spiral whose digressive workings create similarities with some of the finest fiction films.
(Antoine Thirion)

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