by August King

Drama - Crime

Bulgaria, 81 mins, 2017



After serving a short prison sentence in UK, a young Bulgarian emigrant returns to his home town in order to help his sister get back on her feet, but the status-quo drives him into a cruel revenge with irreversible consequences.

"Hell is Home..."

Condemned to roam the underbelly of London as a low-level criminal and a starving immigrant, Belyata (Menace) has no choice but to return to his homeland of Bulgaria after serving a short prison sentence in a North London prison, where he rethinks his existence. Upon his return in the bowels of a provincial town in Southwestern Bulgaria he is tested at every corner in the brutal post-communist reality of the streets he grew up on. In a desperate attempt to find his sister, the only remaining living member of his family, Belyata embarks on a violent journey to save her from the crushing clutches of a local extortion gang lead by a corrupt cop.

A deeply dark dramatic film about violence, inspired by reality.

Warning: The film contains graphic violence and is not suitable for children and vulnerable audiences

Title in Bulgarian: Bandit
Year: 2017
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 81 min.
Shooting Format: HD 1080p
Sound: 5.1
Language: Bulgarian (with English subtitles)
Written by: August King
Director of Photography: Svetlin Yordanov
Main Cast: Georgi Naldzhiev, Silvia Petkova, Yordan Krushkov, Pelo Stoev
Produced by: Emiliya Kostova, Ognyan Stoilov - August King
Production: Grim Castle Pictures
Available Territories: World

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Grand Premiere of Bandit at Sofia International Film Festival

9 March 2018 - 4:30 PM at LUMIERE LIDL Cinema
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Berlinale 2018

GEORGI NALDZHIEV in the main role in Bandit and in supporting role in Transgression by Val Todorov (also in NovoKino's slate) won
GOLDEN BEAR as a part of the cast of TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie
Bulgarian co-producer: Martichka Bozhilova - AGITPROP
Produced by Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril, Adina Pintilie - MANEKINO FILM, in co-production also with Rohfilm Productions, PINK, Les Films de L'Etranger
Other Bulgarian cast and main crew in the film: Irmena Chichikova (actress in the role of Mona), Ivo Paunov (composer), Veselin Zografov (sound)



Ognyan Stoilov - August King

Writer, Director, Producer

Ogy Stoilov was born in the glourious days of the early 80's on a scorching hot summer day, in the same year Spielberg's ET was on top of the box office, John Carpenter's (insanely underrated) The Thing was tanking, and Ozzy had released his first solo record... After growing up on a steady diet of bootleg VHS tapes and heavy metal, Ogy developed an insatiable hunger for low-budget slashers and other despicable horror movies and cheaply dubbed action movies. Soon after getting expelled from high school, he finished his studies in the US, where he soon found work learning the craft of filmmaking by working on low-budget commercials and music videos. Back in the mid 2000's he moved to London, where he currently still resides and runs a small production company earning a living of helping small and medium sized businesses tell their stories in a more cinematic short form content. He has directed a handful of short films, of which most notable is 2013's Green Man (co-directed with his producing partner Yavor Petkov). The social drama Bandit is his debut.

Georgi Naldzhiev

Actor in Role: Belyata

Georgi Naldzhiev is a Bulgarian actor born in 1988. His interest in human nature provokes his love for acting and hence his attitude to the role is subject to this psychology. Admirer of the natural reality in his cinema gained chameleon fame for the physical transformations in the images he plays. After a few short films (Check Mate, Talking to Al) comes the proposal for the first feature film directed by August King (Bandit). His performance attracted the eye of another experimental Bulgarian director, Val Todorov, who included him in the film Transgression and then in his next film which is in post-production (Gilgamesh, my friend), in which he entrusted him with the lead role. An international debut is made in Adina Pintilie's Touch me not, nominated for the best film of Berlinale 2018 and will have a world premiere in the festival's program.

Silvia Petkova

Actress in role: Elena

Silvia Petkova was born on July 7, 1987 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a widely awarded actress, known for her excellence in theatre and cinema. Filmography: Bulgarian films: HDSP: Hunting Down Small Predators, The Singing Shoes, The Place, Dust, Cyprian's Prayer, Yellow Dog, Death Dealers, Death Dealers, NoOne; Bulgarian TV Series: Undercover, Revolution Z; The foreign films and co-productions: The Expendables 2 (2012, USA), DIE FEINEN UNTERSCHIEDE (Our Little Differences, Germany), Joy and Sorrow of the Body (Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria), The Sun Said (Bulgaria, England), Woman of my life (Bulgaria, Kurdistan), Bandit (UK), The Stray (UK)

Yordan Krushkov

Actor in role: ALEK

Yordan Krushkov is a Bulgarian actor. He graduated in 2012 with a BA Acting with a badge of honor in South-West University Neofit Rilski, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. During his education, he played in the Young Theatre Blagoevgrad and starred in several short films. In 2013 he graduated with an MA Directing from the same university. His screen debut was in 2011 in the TV series 7 hours difference. After that he featured in several TV shows and was also cast as Priest Krustyo in a feature film about the Bulgarian National hero Vasil Levski. After his graduation, he worked in a variety of theatres in Bulgaria. He has done more than a hundred performances and more than twenty different characters in three years. Among them are Laurent in Tartuffe, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Luigi in Can't pay? Won't pay! and Smirnov in Bear. In 2015 Yordan moved to London.