Sophie and Daneel, both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria. Daneel explicitly refuses to go, but Sophie insists and finally convinces him to leave. When they arrive, Sophie discovers that Daneel was born there…
After a few hours spent on the crowded beaches, Daneel leads Sophie to an almost abandoned island lost in the Black Sea. Once there, Daneel discovers pregnancy tests in Sophie’s luggage. The heat and the strange few inhabitants soon alter their own behaviors, and the island slowly reveals hidden fears that question their love. To get through it all, they have to take a leap into the unknown. –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Kamen Kalev graduated Femis Film School in Paris in 2002, and has directed numerous shorts and commercials. In 2009, his first feature, Eastern Plays, was selected in Cannes’ Quinzaine des Realisateurs. Among his recognitions are the awards for directing and the Jury Award from Bratislava International Film Festival, Best Film and Best Director from Tokyo International Film Festival (along with Christo Christov’ s Best Actor Award for his part in Eastern Plays), Best Film from Warsaw Film Festival, as well as a nomination for LUX 2009 by the European Parliament. The Island is his second feature. –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
In the past 20 years a whole generation started abandoning Bulgaria searching for better life elsewhere.Their children may be part of the globalized folk but remain orphans in a way. Lindhardt is great portraying Daniel, an immigrant, who returns back to his roots.The feeling that Daniel doesn’t belong anywhere is smothering him and turns the holiday into an existential and rather absurd trip in search of lost self.
I honestly believe the Island is the first Bulgarian film of its kind. Kalev's French touch is evident throughout the film. Thure Lindhardt was mesmerizing.
FNC '11 What begins as a somewhat interesting story of a woman discovereing she doesn't really know who here husband is degenerates into an examination of personal identity in a 'reality tv' setting. The overacting of Thure Lindhardt sinks the picture and the film runs out of ideas early on.
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