- Director:Stephan Komandarev
Bulgaria ranks last among the countries ini the European Union in number of patients who have received an organ transplant and number of donors per million. As of June 4th 2021, the number of Bulgarian citizens waiting for a transplant is 1041. Meanwhile, very few organ transplantations take place in Bulgaria and they become fewer every year. Today, 50% of citizens in the country that performed the first heart transplantation in Easter Europe in 1986, know nothing about this topic. What do a 39-year-old journalist, a 37-year-old advertising agent, a 23-year-old student, a 51-year-old fitness instructor an a 35-year-old farmer have in common? They are all part of the film Life From Life, and what they have in common are lifesaving organ transplantations. One of them has already undergone a successful transplantation, while the rest are still waiting. Hoping their time would come at all. But they are united in their daily fight for organ donation – a battle with illness and institutions. They have the support of their relatives and two doctors, who are their anchor and their hope, despite the increasingly complicated situation in Bulgaria.
About the director
Stephan Komandarev (September 28, 1966 in Sofia)is a Bulgarian director, producer and scriptwriter. He graduated in Film & TV directing at the New Bulgarian University (1999).Stephan Komandarev's feature film "Directions" is a nominee in the section "Un certain regard" at the Cannes Film Festival 2017 official selection. His previous works include award-winning feature and documentary films, such as: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008 - the first Bulgarian film, shortlisted for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2010), the most world-wide theatrical released Bulgarian film ever, distributed in 93 countries, won 35 awards at international film festivals); The Judgment (2014) (won 12 awards, Bulgarian entry - Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - 2016); The Town of Badante Women (2009, doc.), Alphabet of Hope (2003, doc.), Bread over the Fence (2002, doc.).
Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.