Regional Competition

Paradise Hotel

Sophia Tzavella
Screening time  
28.02. / Ponedjeljak, 13:00 - 15:00 Dvorana 3  
01.03. / Utorak, 16:00 - 18:00 Dvorana 2  
02.03. / Srijeda, 18:00 - 20:00 Dvorana 4  
The young Demir dreams of a wedding. But his Roma tower block on the outskirts of a provincial town in Bulgaria is no place for romance.

Twenty-five years ago it had all it takes for 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. 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 wedding.

Sophia Tzavella

Sophia Tzavella is TV journalist, scriptwriter and director. Lecturer and Master Degree graduate in TV journalism, Greek Philology and Balkan History and Social Sciences (Ionion University, Greece), and graduate of the National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures. She has worked as an author for the Bulgarian National Television for 5 years. Well-known for her ‘thorough irony and philosophical, enchanting way of highly professional storytelling’.

General sponsor

Paradise Hotel

2010, 54', color, video

Directed by:
Sophia Tzavella

Screenplay by:
Sophia Tzavella

Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov

Edited by:
Nina Altaparmakova

Martichka Bozhilova

Produced by: