Fact is, Jeff Orlowski – previously known for his environmental documentaries Chasing Ice (2012) and Chasing Coral (2017), does not bring much of new stuff to the debate about the ethics of the social media, their addictiveness, their shaping of the “truth” and creating divisions amongst people, or about their data-storing, manipulation and selling, as well as the consequences of the social media world for the ordinary daily life of people.
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Bulgarian Dream is, from its first- to the last shots followed by a textual info-card presenting epilogue of Petra’s migration to Bulgaria, also sharing the information that she is just one of over 10.000 German retirees to live in Bulgaria.
The audiences tend to imagine prison life based on the works of fiction, pretty much all uniformed: there is a pressure from the outer ranks (the sadistic guards) and from within (the fellow inmates) accompanied by senseless violence. While it works as a template for Hollywood prison dramas, the reality (at least in the Continental Europe) is slightly different.
Military service was compulsory in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and every young man between 19-27 years of age had to spend 12 months in the army, mostly doing nonsensical tasks, obeying the commanding officers and being indoctrinated.
While Alshanova’s previous short Paula Makes a Wish (developed through a workshop at last year’s Locarno) was quite unique in its approach and humour incorporated in a brief 8-minute runtime, History of Civilization seems more like a classic work in the field of festival-friendly short dramas.
The destiny of the so called Donauschwaben, ethnic Germans that lived in the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania is well-documented, well-known and quite tragic, but in some countries like Serbia any notion of talk on that topic is still considered a taboo.
Nikola Stojanović depicts the events surrounding the death of his mother’s dog to create a documentary about grieving and the estranged family coming back together.
Some of the romances that have inspired the works of art started with a single look that was enough to light the spark in the poet’s heart.
For a filmmaker who profited greatly from creating the manic feeling, Lukić does equally well with the low-key depression.