Archive of films Provincial Hospital / Edna provintsialna bolnitsa

Bulgaria / Germany
2022, 110 min

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Year: 2022

A provincial hospital in Bulgaria, Covid ward. This observational documentary draws our attention to the country’s antiquated healthcare system and reminds us of our attitudes at the time when faced with an unknown threat. A skilfully constructed survey of the bleak goings-on in an underfunded facility where, even when looking death in the face, people still manage to find their sense of humour.


A provincial hospital serving a town with a population of 50,000 in western Bulgaria: here in the Covid ward the eccentric Dr Popov and his team are fighting to save lives. Award-winning director Ilian Metev (Sofia’s Last Ambulance), together with Ivan Chertov and Zlatina Teneva, naturally isn’t aiming to depict human suffering. Their survey of an ordinary Bulgarian hospital environment seeks instead to draw our attention to the country’s obsolete and underfunded healthcare system and, via the various situations they depict, to remind us of our attitudes at the time when faced with an unknown threat. However, the bleak proceedings are offset by cheery interviews conducted in the hospital’s rooms and corridors which show that, even when looking death in the face, people still have a sense of humour.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Ilian Metev (1981, Sofia, Bulgaria). Selected filmography: Sofia’s Last Ambulance (2012, doc.), 3/4 (2017), A Provincial Hospital (2022). Ivan Chertov (Sofia, Bulgaria). Filmography: A Provincial Hospital (2022). Zlatina Teneva (Bulgaria). Filmography: A Provincial Hospital (2022).


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Director: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
Screenplay: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
Dir. of Photography: Ivan Chertov
Sound: Ivan Andreev
Editor: Ilian Metev
Producer: Martichka Bozhilova
Production: Agitprop Ltd.
Coproduction: Sutor Kolonko, Chaconna Films
Contact: Agitprop Ltd.


Ilian Metev

Film Director

Ivan Chertov

Film Director

Zlatina Teneva

Film Director

Evgeni Popov


Daniel Kadifkin


Martichka Bozhilova


Neda Milanova


Georgi Bogdanov


Adrian Lo

Sound Editor


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