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Paradise Hotel

DIR: Sophia Tzavella
2010 / Bulgaria / 54 min


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The young Demir dreams of a wedding. But his Roma tower block at the outskirts of a provincial town in Bulgaria is no place for romance. 25 years ago it had all it takes for panel socialist heaven: from parquet floors to intercom, the coveted hot water central, street lamps, benches under murmuring apple trees. Someone called the place Paradise Hotel – and the name stuck. But with the years the block gradually changed. The parquet disappeared. The water stopped. The lights went off. But each of the 1 500 inhabitants has a plan how to get back the dream of Paradise Lost. A timely story about the 70′s Bulgarian social experiment, an attempt to integrate Roma in the mainstream society, and the aftermath of it 25 years later.


Director Sophia Tzavella
Screenplay Sophia Tzavella
Dir. of Photography Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov
Editing Nina Altaparmakova
Sound Momchil Bozhkov
Duration 54 min
Year 2010
Country Bulgaria
Colour Colour
Tags ethnic groups, poetic, social issues, society

Message to Man IFF ...

Message to Man IFF 2010 - St. Petersburg, Sarajevo Film Festival 2010, Two Riversides Film and Art Festival - Poland, Nomination Silver Eye Award - Jihlava IFF 2010, Cinema Verite Iran International Documentary Film Festival 2010, Festival on Wheels Ankara 2010, Golden Rython Bulgarian Documentary and Animation Film Festival 2010, Cape Winelands Film Festival - South Africa 2011, Cleveland IFF 2011, International Women's Film Festival Dortmund 2011, Cologne 2011, BelDocs IFF 2011, TRT Documentary Awards 2011, MediaWave 2011, Magnolia award - Shanghai TV Festival 2011, Special Jury's Award - PriMed 2011



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