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Chaque mur est une porte

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17 March, 16:30, Cinema Elvire Popesco

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizoarei Elitza Gueorguieva

18 March, 13:30, Cinemateca Union

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizoarei Elitza Gueorguieva


When I was seven, my mother was magic: she could be in two places at once.” This is how Elitza Gueorgieva’s story about Bulgaria’s recent history begins, on the border between two worlds: communist Bulgaria and the uncertainty that followed the fall of the old regime. Gueorgieva’s mother, a television journalist, hosted a program which became popular during the 1980s and the 1990s. Now her daughter edits excerpts from that program together with her own commentary about historical change and about television as a medium that has preserved the breath of that change. The outcome is an unflinchingly accurate, tongue-in-cheek essay film which reminds us of a historical era with all its confusion and exhilaration, from linguistic clichés (“democracy has exploded”) through to the laughable identity dilemmas arising from a sudden exposure to the Other: “How could we be better than the Americans when we keep stealing each other’s windscreen wipers?”

awards and festivals

2017: Cinéma Du Réel – Special Mention Prix des Bibliothèques, Prix de l'Institut Français

2017: Transcinema Festival International de Cine