In the Heart of the Machine

Freedom is in the right to be human. But being human is never easy.

August 1978. Kremikovtsy Steel Plant. Heat, iron, dust and the pervasive smell of oil. A typical workday of a crew of maximum security inmates will prove to be fateful for all of them. They find something extraordinary inside one of the machines and an unexpected wave of compassion makes the prisoners take hostages and block the entrance to the workshop. The men risk their lives willingly because sometimes the desire to be human is stronger than the survival instinct. And the dream of salvation blurs common sense.

  • Borislav Zahariev
    Wildlings, Attraction, Undercover, Roseville
  • Martin Makariev
    The Admirerer, Wildlings, Attraction, Undercover,Tree of life,Roseville
  • Alexander Penev
  • Martin Makariev
    Wildlings, Attraction, ,Roseville
  • Alexander Sano
  • Alexander Sano
    Key Cast
    "Boris Radulov - Bohemy"
    Absentia, Gomorrah, Le Bureau des Légendes
  • Hristo Shopov
    Key Cast
    "Colonel Radoev"
    Passion of the Christ
  • Julian Vergov
    Key Cast
    "captain Vekilski"
    The Tournament, The Fourth Kind
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    В Сърцето на Машината
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    1 hour 57 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,100,000 USD
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    Digital/ Alexa LF
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Director Biography - Martin Makariev

Martin is considered one of the cutting edge directors in Eastern Europe. His last two films “Wildlings” and “Attraction” where the No1 Box office hit in Bulgaria for two years in a row. He has directed 2 seasons of Bulgaria’s most famous "gangster" series, "Under Cover." Previously, he directed Season 2 of Bulgaria's most acclaimed drama, "Tree of Life." In addition, Martin has won numerous Best Picture awards for his film, "Roseville," a feature based on an unsolved disappearance and murder in 1985. Makariev is also recognized for directing over 100 innovative commercials and music videos.

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Director Statement

I wake up with films and i go to bed with them.