Paradise Hotel

  • Bulgaria
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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.


  • Original title
    Paradise Hotel
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Sophia Tzavella
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov
  • Editing
    Nina Altaparmakova
  • Sound
    Momchil Bozhkov
  • Duration
    54 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Bulgaria
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 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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