Iris Prize 2019

Ficus (Fikus)


Andrey Volkashin


Dimitris Tsakaleas


Andrey Volkashin



Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, 17 mins

Almir is a closeted gay man struggling with self-acceptance. Left high and dry by his married lover, Almir decides to spend New Year’s Eve with his dying friend Militsa. As the city celebrates, the two talk about their lives and loves, but does Almir dare to tell his closest friend his deepest secret?  

Ficus is a charming and heartfelt exploration of friendship and hope in contemporary Sarajevo. 

Programme 9 | Encounters | Cineworld Screen 15 | Fri 11 Oct 4:30pm

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Andrey I. Volkashin was born in 1985 in Macedonia. He graduated film directing at NATFA in Sofia, Bulgaria. His short documentary ‘Nothing In The Air’, premiered at Sofia International Film Festival and his graduation project ‘Kinder Surprise’, was awarded with the Audience Award at the Sofia IFF. His musical comedy ‘Shush.. Sing to me’ was the first short film to be theatrically distributed in Bulgaria and turned out to be a cult phenomenon in the country. His short script project ‘Ficus’ was selected by the program ‘Sarajevo, City of Film’ and was produced as a part of Sarajevo Film Festival 2018. Andrej is currently developing his first feature film project at the TorinoFilmLab.