Centrul Astra Film



Astra Film Festival

A Month in the Life of Ephtim D.

| Bulgaria | 1999 | 56'

Ephtim D., 73 years old, a retired postman, lives in Sofia with his wife in a three-room suburban apartment. As a socialist, he feels confused by the "crazy" democracy and the uncertainties of the transition period. The couple's combined pensions amount to 66$. Ephtim experiences constant difficulties in balancing the family budget. Free medical care and lunches at a subsidized canteen are essential to his survival strategy. This portrait of a Bulgarian pensioner is presented in the context of a global hopelessness and a clearly felt nostalgia for the communist past.