Paradise Hotel introduced in the Habitat section was one of the three East Silver Caravan films presented at the festival. The World According to Ion B. by Alexander Nanau was screened in the Portraits: Human Journeys section and Silver Eye Award winner, Family Instinct by Andris Gauja was presented in the Stories to Tell section.
For the full list of winners please visit the festival website.
Hotel Rai, Bulgaria, 2010, 54 min, Beta SP, Human Rights, Social Issues, Society
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 now? The parquet disappeared. The water stopped. The lights went off. And if you cross the field behind Paradise Hotel, 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 wedding.
East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominee 2010