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HD - 2017 - Bulgaria, Germany, Romania - 90 / 52 / 4x26 min - Color

Palace of the People

Palace for The People (original title)


A film by Missirkov / Bogdanov

PALACE FOR THE PEOPLE tells the stories of the most emblematic five buildings of socialist times - highly representative for the epoch and witnessing the historical turbulence in Eastern Europe in the second half of the XX century. The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Moscow State University, Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, Palace of the Republic in Berlin are unique architectural creatures made with a lot of courage and a bit of lunacy to remind the people there was an ultimate power and brighter future. Each one is the tallest, the largest, has the biggest clock on Earth, or the most advanced technology of its time. They were the most grandiose enterprises in a time when collective good was the major state policy. Now that socialism is over it's time to go back and reveal their hidden secrets. The film takes a snapshot of the palaces today, as seen through the eyes of people related to them - their architects, former and current directors, ordinary people who worked in them.

Documentary mini-series (4x26 min.) and one-off (90/52 min.)

Episode 1: Moscow: Moscow State University
Episode 2: Belgrade: Palace of Serbia
Episode 3: Sofia: National Palace of Culture
Episode 4: Bucharest: Palace of the Parliament




Missirkov / Bogdanov

Biography:

The creative duo Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov are internationally acclaimed
Bulgarian cinematographers, directors, visual artists and photographers. Authors of visual
campaigns, full-length documentaries, videos and short films. Ideologists and founders of AGITPROP Production Company and co-founders of Bulgarian Photographic Association. DOP of the most successful AGITPROP’s films, among which: Georgi and the Butterflies (Silver Wolf, IDFA – Amsterdam 2004), The Mosquito Problem and other stories (Cannes 2007, Grierson Award for best documentary, The Times BFI London Film Festival 2007), Corridor #8 (Berlinale 2008 – The FORUM, Independent Ecumenical Jury Award) and The Boy, Who Was a King (Toronto International 2011, London FF 2011). DOP of the first original Bulgarian productions for HBO, documentaries Concrete Pharaohs and Paradise Hotel (Golden Magnolia 2010 for Best doc; Thessaloniki 2010 Best Doc) and of Dad Made Dirty Movies (Visions du Reel, Switzerland) etc. Authors of the first original Bulgarian content for National Geographic Channel, Explore Bulgaria (Season 1-3, 2014-2016). Producers (together with Martichka Bozhilova) of “15” – the first Bulgarian omnibus film. Authors of the shorts ’94 Forever and I am a Bulgarian, included in it. Authors of The Ladino Ladies’ Club (coproduction Bulgaria/ USA), screened at Best of Fests – IDFA 2015, Warsaw IFF 2015, and nominated for Jameson Best Bulgarian Short Film Award 2015. Renowned visual artists and photographers, they have been presented in solo shows as well as major photography and contemporary art exhibitions in Europe and the USA.

Their website: www.missirkovbogdanov.com

Missirkov / Bogdanov


Original language: English, Russian, etc.
Produced by: Agitprop
In coproduction with: Filmtank and ICON Production
With the participation of: SVT
With the support of: Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the EU, Romanian National Centre for Cinematography
In collaboration with: MDR, ARTE, Bulgarian National Television