BALKAN BLACK BOX
When Charlie Gillette ( legendary music journalist from BBC) heard for the first time the music of Kottarashky he wrote: " His songs sound like tales, told by people who have all the time in the world. Time to contemplate, to enjoy, to create and dream, and to be inspired by the details and vitality of marginal existence."
In a busy and materialistic world, man faces fewer and fewer choices. Whether surviving as an artist is worth it or just a waste of time?
In Bulgaria, the life of a musician often resembles an existence within an unpredictable "Balkan black box," where nothing unfolds quite as expected. This is the story of Kottarashky, a former architect who turned into a musician. The film follows a year of his life while traveling and playing with his band and provides a rare and candid glimpse into his inner thoughts and places where time had stopped. Through enchanting music, emotional confessions, and sincere contemplation of life as it happens, we meet a colorful tapestry of characters—from a Japanese Oxford professor to merry gypsies, street musicians, and a folk pipe player living reclusively in the mountains. There is a gap in our lives. Something is missing. Maybe one can find it in the Balkan black box.
Tzvetan Zdravkov DragnevDirector
Runtime:1 hour 18 minutes
Country of Origin:Bulgaria
Country of Filming:Bulgaria
Tzvetan Dragnev graduated from Film and Video Faculty of York University Toronto.
Worked as editor, camera operator in many short and feature length documentaries in Bulgaria and Canada.
His documentary film "Village People" participated in more than 20 film festivals and received awards at :
Zagreb Dox Special Mention Award 2017
Special Mention Award - Sofia International Film Festival 2017
Special Jury Award IDFF CRONOGRAF 2017
Special Mention Award - Golden Apricot Yerevan
International Film Festival 2017 and others.
South-East European Film Festival a Paris 2020
24 th Sofia International Film Festival 2020 - International Documentary Competiton
Szczecin Film Festival'20 - Special Mention Award in the European Competition
The Golden Eye - Cinematography Art Festival Popovo 2020 - Special Award for Cinematography
24 th Sofia International Film Festival 2020 - Award for Best Bulgarian Documentary Film
Special Jury Prize - Golden Rhytnon Bulgarian documentary and animation film festival 2020