Belene is comfortably nestled in the shores of the Danube River: Old peasant houses and Soviet-style architecture absurdly blend together with the serene beauty of the Danube populated by many islands. A quaint little town, almost boring at first sight. Yet, in the small streets, among the dusty blocks, rickety buildings, the smell of fried fish, blossoming roses, and buzzing mosquitoes, the unspoken memory of the concentration camp is still floating in the air.
The new film by Andrey Paounov („Georgi and the Butterflies“) tells the epic story of a village turned concentration camp, turned city, turned nuclear power plant.
And it tells the story of Belene’s population, a story of guilt, hope for redemption and billions of mosquitoes…
100 / 75 / 52 mins.
FestivalsSemaine de la Critique 2007 Cannes
**Toronto ** 2007
Karlovy Vary 2007
DOK Leipzig 2007
Sunny Side of the Doc (Best Documentary Film), La Rochelle 2007
BFI London Film Festival (Grierson Award/ Best Feature-Length Documentary), 2008
Sarajewo Film Festival (Human Rights Award/ Best Documentary) 2007
DokuFest (Grand Prix) 2007 Prizren/Kosovo
Written by Lilia Topouzova
Directed by Andrey Paounov
In coproduction with AGITPROP Filmproduction Sofia
In collaboration with ITVS, Channel 4, YLE, HOS, TV2 Denmark and ZDF/ Arte