A small town and its hopeful citizens are about to embark on a bright new journey. Massive rusty cranes, foreign investors, and the joyful chants of cheerleaders carry the dream of a great nuclear future. Disturbed only by gigantic stinging mosquitoes, the townsfolk celebrate the atomic hurray by engraving the nuclear power plant logo on buildings and soup bowls. Amidst the apparent atomic prosperity, lies a past that no one wants to remember. An island holding terrifying secrets. Stories of shocking and horrible crimes loom on the city just like the dark clouds of mosquitoes descending on its citizens. A world instantly transformed by ideologies, regimes and dreams of economic prosperity. The tales of characters whose lives intersect in a sinister past, nuclear future and the stinging mosquitoes flying through time, sealing their fate together.
International Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival 2007
Official selections: Toronto, Pusan, London, Reykjavik, Calgary, Warsaw, Prix Europa - Berlin, 2Morrow – Moscow, Jihlava, Bangkok, Montpellier, DokLeipzig, TEMPO – Stockholm
The Times BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award for best feature-length documentary;
Award of the Bulgarian National Film Center for best producer to Martichka Bozhilova – Golden Rython Festival of Bulgarian non-feature film, Plovdiv;
Golden Rython for best cinematography to Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov - Golden Rython Festival of Bulgarian non-feature film, Plovdiv;
Human Rights Award for best regional documentary - Sarajevo FF;
Grand Prix - Docufest, International Documentary and Short FF, Prizren, Kosovo;
Special Mention - BRITDOC, Oxford;
A-to-A Award for best regional documentary - Motovun FF, Croatia;
Special Mention for a full-length documentary - Karlovy Vary IFF
Born in 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been a bartender in Prague, a cook in Washington DC, a gardener in Toronto, a boom operator in New York, and an accounting clerk in San Francisco. Graduated from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2000. His first documentary “Georgi and the Butterflies” www.georgiandthebutterflies.com presented at more than 50 film festivals all over the world, won the Silver Wolf at IDFA 2004 and 12 other international awards.
Director: Andrey PAOUNOV
100 min. 2007 BetacamSP, Colour, with words, Bulgarian/Italian/German , English subtitled