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GEORGI AND THE BUTTERFLIES
Georgi and the Butterflies tells the story of a man and his dream. This man is Dr Georgi Lulchev, a psychiatrist, neurologist, Chinese medicine man, administrator, amateur chef, entrepreneur and Director of the Home for Psychologically Disabled Men. His dream is to organise a farm in the yard of the home, where the patients can raise snails, ostriches and pheasants, produce silk fibres and soybean food.This is a story full of optimism, snails, ostriches, silk, charity, the Eastern Orthodox Church, soybean food, schizophrenics, oligophrenics, psychopaths, Korean investors, Western hunters, misery, acupuncture and compassion.
Award-winning Bulgarian documentary film Georgi and the Butterflies is continuing to draw audiences. The hour-long film, directed by Andrey Paounov, was finished in 2004 year. It has won the Silver Wolf Award at the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival in the Netherlands, and a honourable mention from the jury at the ZagrebDOX festival in February. It has also recently been shown at, among other events, the DocAviv documentary film festival in Tel Aviv and the Thessaloniki international film festival.
The Verdict of the Jury of FICC (The Federation of Film Discussion Clubs) awarded director Andrey Paounov on the Cracow International Film Festival for "its positive outlook on life and the search for something better".
Year of release.........2004
Co-production..........Channel 4, CBC, NRK, SVT, HOS, YLE & TV2 / DANMARK...
Running time...........52 minutes
Producer....................Agitprop - Martichka Bozhilova
HOW DID IT START?
Andrey Paounov and Martichka Bozhilova were selected among another 14 documentary project and took part in the EAST EUROPEAN FORUM in 2002 and therefore had a chance to present the prepared film to the panel of the European TV commissioning editors. After the documentary was finished, it has become the most succesfull "child of the Forum" and can be taken as an example of a small documentary project being finished with the large international co-production.
Andrey Paounov has been a bartender in Prague, a cook in Washington DC, a gardener in Toronto, a boom operator in New York and an accounting clerk in San Francisco. For more info about the director of Georgi and Butterflies, go to the documentary's website.
Martichka Bozhilova – AGITROP. AGITROP was founded in 1998 by Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov, cinematographers and photographers, in order to realize creative projects in the field of filmmaking, TV and video production, photography and graphic design. Martichka Bozhilova (degree in Law and Art Management) has been the Head of the film production of AGITROP since 1999. Click here for more info about Martichka Bozhilova. On the photo: Martichka Bozhilova and Valentin Valchev on the 2nd session of Ex Oriente Film Workshop on which they participated with a new documentary project Us 4 Revisited.