Central Station Sofia (2013) a short film by Alberto Iordanov / DOP Lukasz Kulec
Welcome to the surreal world of Central Station Sofia. Along the way you will encounter an empty hotel, a moving pine tree, hunters, forgotten glory from the past as well as hope pinned to a lottery ticket. It is a mosaic film that combines fragments from the lives of those who are a part of the biggest railway station in the Balkans. Central Station Sofia was built during the peak of socialism and it has been the symbol of the opening of Bulgaria to the world. Today it is a place that people avoid and try not to think about. Its abandoned air reflects the current state of the country.
'Scott Ward Cinematography Award' – Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2013, Edinburgh Filmhouse (UK)
'Cinematography Award' – Student International Film Festival 2014 (Croatia)
"Diving into the decrepit ambiance of Sofia’s Central Station, whose pinnacle during socialism is now replaced by decay, the author treats his surreal scenes as if they were art photography."
Festivals and Screenings:
EDINDOCS – Documentary Film in Edinburgh (UK) EDINDOCS Finale;
10th Jubilee Edition of the Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival (Hungary);
17th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic);
11th Inverness Film Festival (UK);
20th Golden Rhyton (Plovdiv, Bulgaria);
11th London Short Film Festival (UK);
17th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival – Echoes in Brussels Programme (Belgium);
Student International Film Festival (Croatia);
12th In The Palace International Short Film Festival (Bulgaria);
7th CinEast, The Central and Eastern European Film Festival (Luxembourg);
Frontline Club, London (UK);
Greetings from Sofia (Baltic Film and Media School; Tallinn, Estonia);
Student Cuts International Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia).
Edindocs: Saturday Finale By Ann Linden, Take One, 13th September 2013
CENTRAL STATION SOFIA, directed by Alberto Iordanov, is as much moving portraiture as it is good cinematography. In its depiction of the Balkans’ biggest rail station, each person in the camera’s eye emerges as a vivid character in the life of the station, which was built to serve crowds and now is sparsely utilized. Infrastructure decaying in a culture that can’t support it, the station itself emerges as a compelling persona.
Student team's short film wins international cinematography award By The University of Edinburgh, News and Events, 18th June 2014
This award joins an ever-growing list of awards and commendations for the film.
Frontline Club Shorts: ‘Chappin” and ‘Central Station Sofia’ reviewed by Valenka Navea CEEL, 22nd January 2015
The direction, editing and cinematography make this film a little gem. They keep the atmosphere jaunty while mirroring the deadpan spirit of the players. Meanwhile, the underlying seriousness stays unflinchingly true to the reality of the characters’ lives – the cashier says at one point:
‘I don’t imagine that I’ll end up a retired cashier…but I’ve stopped making plans’. It’s an uncomfortably defeatist admission and a brutal reflection of what capitalism and communism didn’t do for the struggling Bulgarian economy, even after joining the EU in 2007:
the station looks like an abandoned museum – albeit an entertaining one.