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MOSQUITO PROBLEM AND OTHER STORIES, THE

Bulgaria, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Documentaries)

Director: Andrey Paounov

“Alternately delightful and disturbing, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories features characters who would do Christopher Guest proud.” - Variety

On the banks of the swollen Danube in northern Bulgaria is the town of Belene, where the citizens ready themselves for a future of prosperity with the coming of a nuclear power plant. While the locals like to complain endlessly about the giant mosquitos that plague the area, they are less talkative when it comes to discussing a darker time in the town's history, when it served as a Communist-era forced labour camp. With drunken hunters, a boogie-woogie piano tuner, pom-pom girls, an Italian priest and a gun-toting ex-mayor, Belene is filled with quirky personalities bringing new light to a once dark place.

D Andrey Paounov P Martichka Bozhilova S Lilia Topouzova, Andrey Paounov WS TV2 World L Bulgarian, Italian, German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/100mins

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