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by Youlian Tabakov


In his opulent and playful documentary, Youlian Tabakov tells the patchwork life story of a Bulgarian woman who survived three political regimes: monarchy, socialism and the present day. His grandmother, Tzvetanka Gosheva, was born in 1926 to a rich merchant’s family, which enabled her to attend a privileged school in Sofia. But this bourgeois background became her downfall after the war. Her parents were imprisoned as enemies of the Party; her father would never recover from this. By sheer luck she managed to get permission to go to university. She became a doctor, though she suffered a lot of humiliation and obstruction in her work. Ironically, her last working day was 10 November 1989; the day the Communist Head of Bulgarian Communist Party, Todor Zhivkov, was overthrown. Even though Tzvetanka is going blind, her eye for politics remains sharp. To her the new democracy is still corrupt.

international title: Tzvetanka
original title: Tzvetanka
country: Bulgaria, Sweden
sales agent: Taskovski Films
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Youlian Tabakov
film run: 66'
screenplay: Youlian Tabakov
cinematography by: Adam Nilsson
film editing: Nina Altaparmakova, Adam Nilsson, Youlian Tabakov, Johan Söderberg
music: Rikard Borggård
producer: Mårten Nilsson, Martichka Bozhilova
production: Agitprop, Gnufilm
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