‘Corridor #8’ is a mosaic film combining fragments from the everyday lives of the characters who live along a non-existent Balkan road. The road passes through the countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. ‘Corridor #8’ is also a huge EU infrastructural project meant to link the Black and the Adriatic Seas, already a decade in the planning. Along the way you’ll meet a cowboy train, a railway tunnel used for growing mushrooms, an international businessman building an oil pipeline, a local politician dreaming of becoming the next American president, a pimp working for KFOR soldiers.. Following the road’s thread ‘Corridor #8’ captures the moods, the prejudices and the hope of the people from the three Balkan countries.
Boris Despodov started his career as a painter. Author and publisher of Kamikaze gazette, a cultural magazine. He is award winning animator for ‘Mythology’ and ‘Tick- Tack’. During the development of ‘Corridor #8’ in 2005 he met the Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth and made a short documentary about him, ‘Schindler’s Lift’.
2008, 74', color, video
Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
Boris Despodov, Gergana Zlatanova
Festivals & Awards:
2008 Berlinale – The International Forum of New Cinema - the independent Ecumenical Jury Award; HOTDOCS 2008 – HBO Documentary Film Emerging Artist Award; 2008 Sarajevo Film Festival - The Heart of Sarajevo for best documentary