Paradise Hotel / Hotel Rai
2010, betaSp, Color (16th Festival on Wheels)
PhotographyBoris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
ProductionAgitprop, Martichka Bozhilova, 68 Budapest Str. Sofia 1202 Bulgaria | T +359 2 983 1411 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.agitprop.bg
The young Demir dreams of a wedding. But his Roma tower block at the outskirts of a provincial
town in Bulgaria is no place for romance. 25 years ago it had all it takes for panel socialist
heaven: from parquet floors to intercom, the coveted hot water central, street lamps, benches
under murmuring apple trees. Someone called the place Paradise Hotel – and the name stuck.
But with the years the block gradually changed. The parquet disappeared. The water stopped.
The lights went off.
But each of the 1 500 inhabitants has a plan how to get back the dream of Paradise Lost.
And if you cross the field behind Paradise Hotel where heaven and earth meet, you will see
Bozhidar “The God Given” who protects everyone from evil and excessive happiness in a
documentary about panel integration, love, misery, a lot of dreams, a little lyrics and one Gypsy