Directed by Viktor Chouchkov Jr. | GERMANY / BULGARIA | 2010 | 94min | Subtitled
Love, friendship, and business in the age of communism collide in director Victor Chuchkov’s TILT. Stash (Yavor Baharov) and his buddies B-Gum, Angel, and Gogo have big dreams of opening a pinball-themed bar amidst the harsh reality of Cold War Bulgaria. To make it happen, the skateboarding quartet hustles their way through a myriad of schemes, including selling pornographic videos on the Black Market. While trying to navigate an intricate maze of avoiding the authority of the military state and living a tenuous coexistence with members of organized crime, love intervenes. Stash falls for an eccentric and seemingly mute Becky (Radina Kardjilova), a mysterious girl who always seems to be near the group when they do business. The romantic Stash’s affections complicate the pragmatic B-Gum’s (Alexander Sano) plan. This throws a wrench into the group’s friendship that once seemed so strongly bonded, yet is now as precarious as the age in which they live—forcing them to make decisions that they may ultimately regret. This is the first feature film for director Viktor Chouchkov.