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The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories Details

  • Runtime: 1 hr. 44 min.


Documentarian Andrey Paounov's startlingly original nonfiction work The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories transports viewers to the eccentric burg of Belene, Bulgaria, situated on the delta of the Danube River. At first glance, this village seems merely quaint -- hilariously so, in fact. With eccentrics right and left, such as a couple who practice sucking the rampant mosquitoes out of the air with a massive vacuum tube and several rowdy cadres of soused hunters, the work recalls Errol Morris' Errol Morris (1982) and Errol Morris (1978). But as the film rolls on, a darker undercurrent emerges from the town -- the truth that it housed a Communist-run concentration camp, and that several of its citizens (guards for the plant) are cold-blooded murderers by virtue of their jobs. In time, Paounov adds more gravitas still, by exploring the issue of one guard who was convicted of manslaughter at the camp -- and who also just happens to be a loving wife and mother. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi



Martichka Bozhilova
Lilia Topouzova
Georgi Bogdanov
Todor Pernikov
Composer (Music Score)
Sally Jo Fifer
Executive Producer
Momchil Bozhkov
Sound/Sound Designer
Roumyana Dobreva
Line Producer