The Good Postman
- Sun, 12/10/2017 - 19:30
The Good Postman - Hyvä Postimies - Bulgaria, Finland, 2016, 80’
Director: TONISLAV HRISTOV
Born in 1978 in Bulgaria, he is a filmmaker based in Finland and Bulgaria. He directed his first documentary Family Fortune for Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and the Bulgarian National Television. His feature debut Rules of Single Life (2011) found its way into both Finnish and Bulgarian distribution, winning Best Documentary at the Sofia International Film Festival and screening at a variety of other festivals. Hristov’s next three projects earned him great success and a rich festival career.
A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly Bulgarians is deciding on the future of Europe. The Great Gate, as the village has been called for centuries because of its location on the doorsteps of the former Ottoman Empire, has found itself in the middle of crisis, as at night asylum seekers sneak across the border causing fear and unrest. Postman Ivan has a new political vision. He decides to run for mayor to bring the dying village to life by welcoming refugees.
The film has won several awards from Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival, Washington DC Filmfest.