FESTIVALS: * Dok Incubator 2016
* IDFA Feature-Length Competition
AWARDS:: * Objectif d'or - Millenium International Documentary Film Festival
* Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Award - Trieste Film Festival
* Special Prize - Tampere Film Festival
* Youth Jury Prize - FIFDH
* Special Mention - Let’s CEE Festival
The Good Postman
Current Affairs, Human Interest, Migration, Politics
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A small Bulgarian village just by the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Ottoman Empire. Now its electorate of 38 elderly Bulgarians is facing a tough decision. The Great Gate, as the village has been called for centuries because of its location, has found itself in the middle of a European crisis, as at nights asylum seekers sneak passing the border. The forgotten village has become the most important secret loophole of Europe.
Ivan, the local postman, has a vision. He decides to run for mayor and turn the dying village alive by welcoming refugees. His opponents want to close their eyes, close down the border and reintroduce communism. As the campaign goes on, Ivan soon learns that while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter.
''Tonislav Hristov's superb documentary study of electoral process in a small Bulgarian village pulses with wider-world resonance.''
- Guy Lodge, film critic @guylodge - Variety
''Welcome to the far reaches of Europe, where even the tiny village of Great Dervent isn’t immune to the hot blast of ultra-right nationalism which is sweeping the continent. Tonislav Hristov’s documentary is decidedly cinematic and timely.''
- Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic - Screen Daily IDFA review