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  • Discover one Bulgarian town's identity crisis involving war, nuclear power, and giant mosquitoes.

    Discover one Bulgarian town's identity crisis involving war, nuclear power, and giant mosquitoes.

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  • Fernando Almaralis Dias, the last Cuban in Belene on the background of the Nuclear Power Plant site.

    Fernando Almaralis Dias, the last Cuban in Belene on the background of the Nuclear Power Plant site.

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  • Father Dimitar, priest at the Belene prison’s chapel “St Nikolay Mirlikiiski” in front of the chapel’s iconostasis.

    Father Dimitar, priest at the Belene prison’s chapel “St Nikolay Mirlikiiski” in front of the chapel’s iconostasis.

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  • Hunters chatting around a well-laden table

    Hunters chatting around a well-laden table

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  • Julia Ruzhgeva’s grave (former guard at Belene concentration camp / women’s section)

    Julia Ruzhgeva’s grave (former guard at Belene concentration camp / women’s section)

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  • Mikhail Karchev at his home (the first mayor of the town of Belene)

    Mikhail Karchev at his home (the first mayor of the town of Belene)

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  • Monsignor Corrado, priest at the Catholic church in Belene

    Monsignor Corrado, priest at the Catholic church in Belene

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  • A mosquito on the background of the Danube River

    A mosquito on the background of the Danube River

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  • Fishermen boats on the Danube River

    Fishermen boats on the Danube River

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  • Todor Pernikov – Toshko the Classic, a musician, and his piano “The Red October”

    Todor Pernikov – Toshko the Classic, a musician, and his piano “The Red October”

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The Film

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 bring 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. These are the tales of characters whose lives intersect in a sinister past, nuclear future and the stinging mosquitoes flying through time, sealing their fate together.

The Filmmakers

  1. Andrey PaounovDirector
  2. Martichka BozhilovaProducer