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The Beast Is Still Alive
IDFA 2016

The Beast Is Still Alive

Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Bulgaria
2016
90 min
Dutch Premiere
Festival history
This political documentary is about the search for an ideal communism and how it has never been found in practice. The film begins with the secret police file on the grandfather of a young Bulgarian woman. He sympathized with the Bulgarian Socialists in 1920s, but after seeing the damage the Communist Party caused during World War II, he joined the Goryani anti-communist resistance movement in the Bulgarian mountains. Using animated sequences, time-lapse photography and a fictional dialogue in voice-over between the young woman and her dead grandfather, shows how young generations keep rediscovering communist ideology against the backdrop of discredited politicians and former agents of the secret police. The young woman’s attitude towards the political alternative to capitalism grows increasingly complex as she makes a trip to Cuba, and attends a panel discussion with the Slovenian philosopher and communist Slavoj Zizek.
Credits
Screening copy
    Activist38 Ltd.
    Activist38 Ltd.
World Sales
    Activist38 Ltd.,
    Tricontinental
    Activist38 Ltd.,
    Tricontinental
Production
    Activist38 Ltd.,
    Activist38 Ltd.
    Activist38 Ltd.,
    Activist38 Ltd.
Co-production
    Nova Film
    Nova Film
Involved TV Channel
    Bulgarian National Television
    Bulgarian National Television