“Chamkoria” is the most recent work by the highly prized writer Milen Ruskov, whose previous novel “Summit” won him the European Union Prize for Literature 2014. Just like “Summit”, “Chamkoria” immediately became a national hit. The critically acclaimed director Javor Gardev together with star actor Zahari Baharov successfully bring it on the stage. The action takes place on a day in 1928 and spans the last trip for the season of Slave Zhelyazkov’s omnibus and his passengers traveling from Sofia to Chamkoria (today’s mountain resort Borovets). The usual trip will turn out to be a fatal trap and a frame that triggers the simple-minded and witty driver’s flow of thoughts. His ridiculous stories and pragmatic outlook onto the world gradually build up a complex picture of one of the most turbulent periods of Bulgarian history. Actor Zahari Baharov masterfully portrays his character. Slave’s vivid speech and his account of the world make profound references to the peculiarities of national character and worldview and reflect the need of rethinking them today.
Ikar 2018 Award for best actor
Ikar 2018 Award nomination for best set design (Svetoslav Kokalov)
Askeer 2018 Award nomination for best actor
With English surtitles.