The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories

The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories

The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories

2007, Bulgaria, 100', Andrey Paounov

2007, Bulgaria, 100', Andrey Paounov

The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories

Synopsis

“Alternately delightful and disturbing.” Variety. “An overwhelmingly beautiful film.” Más y Más. “Startlingly original nonfiction work.” New York Times, “It’s a simple film that is shining like a small jewel.” Close-up.

A small town and its hopeful citizens are about to embark on a bright new journey. Massive rusty cranes, foreign investors, and the joyful chants of cheerleaders carry the dream of a great nuclear future. Disturbed only by gigantic stinging mosquitoes, the townsfolk celebrate the atomic hurray by engraving the nuclear power plant logo on buildings and soup bowls. Amidst the apparent atomic prosperity, lies a past that no one wants to remember. An island holding terrifying secrets. Stories of shocking and horrible crimes loom on the city just like the dark clouds of mosquitoes descending on its citizens. A world instantly transformed by ideologies, regimes and dreams of economic prosperity. The tales of characters whose lives intersect in a sinister past, nuclear future and the stinging mosquitoes flying through time, sealing their fate together.

Grand Prize - Sunny Side of the Doc 2008, First Prize - DOCUMENTA Madrid, The Best Documentary Award - MEDIAWAVE, The Times BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award for best feature-length documentary, Best fill-length non-feature film – Shaken’s Stars IFF 2008, Best documentary – ASTERFEST 2008, Special Mention - Karlovy Vary IFF 2008, Honorary Mention - 8th goEast Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Special Mention - BRITDOC, Human Rights Award for best regional documentary - Sarajevo FF, Grand Prix - Docufest 2008, International Documentary and Short FF, A-to-A Award for best regional documentary - Motovun FF, Golden Rython for best cinematography to Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov - Golden Rython Festival of Bulgarian non-feature film, Award of the Bulgarian National Film Center for best producer to Martichka Bozhilova - Golden Rython Festival of Bulgarian non-feature film