The Island

Kamen Kalev


Sophie and Daneel, both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria. Daneel explicitly refuses to go, but Sophie insists and finally convinces him to leave. When they arrive, Sophie discovers that Daneel was born there…
After a few hours spent on the crowded beaches, Daneel leads Sophie to an almost abandoned island lost in the Black Sea. Once there, Daneel discovers pregnancy tests in Sophie’s luggage. The heat and the strange few inhabitants soon alter their own behaviors, and the island slowly reveals hidden fears that question their love. To get through it all, they have to take a leap into the unknown…

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2011

Full-length film, 1h50



Kamen Kalev

Kamen Kalev graduated Femis Film School in Paris in 2002, and has directed numerous shorts and commercials. In 2009, his first feature, “Eastern Plays”, was selected in Cannes’ Quinzaine des Realisateurs. Among his recognitions are the awards for directing and the Jury Award from Bratislava International Film Festival, Best Film and Best Director from Tokyo International Film Festival (along with Christo Christov’ s Best Actor Award for his part in “ Eastern Plays” ), Best Film from Warsaw Film Festival, as well as a nomination for LUX 2009 by the European Parliament. “The Island” is his second feature.

portrait Kamen Kalev
  Kamen Kalev

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Kamen Kalev


Bulgare, Anglais, Français / Bulgarian, English, French


Julian Atanassov


Momchil Bozhkov

Set decoration

Denitza Katzarska


Åsa Mossberg, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen


Jean-Paul Wall

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