The Good Driver | TAIFAS

Directed by Tonislav Hristov

Starring: Malin Krastev, Slava Doycheva, Gerasim Georgiev
Drama - Bulgaria, Finland, Sweden - 2023 - 1h37min

Spoken in Bulgarian and Finnish, subtitled in English and Romanian

Ivan, a Bulgarian taxi driver living at the Golden Sands tourist resort, is saving money in order to go back to Finland to meet his wife and son, and to make amends for his past mistakes. 

Money is tight and Ivan is forced to get creative in order to earn faster. This leads him into problems. And if he even gets to another side of Europe, is it possible to fix what has once been broken?

"Hristov's documentary flair is always visible, the camera closely following the micro-expressions of the protagonist as he searches for his place in the world. In fact, the film's most accomplished shot is the one where the documentary side is most striking: a rapid succession of Syrian migrants' faces in the backseat of Ivan's taxi" (Camillo De Marco,


Sofia International Film Festival (Best Bulgarian Debut Film), Bergamo Film Meeting (international competition).

Screening followed by a QA with producer Kaarle Aho

The project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023" and is funded through the European Echoes Timișoara 2023 programme, implemented by the Center for Projects Timișoara, with funds allocated from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

Organised in partnership with the Municipality of Timișoara through the Project Centre.

Part of

TAIFAS I Balkan Film and Culture Festival

TAIFAS I Balkan Film and Culture Festival