Baklava is a recent Bulgarian film which was banned as soon as it was released a couple of years ago due to allegations of content unsuitable for the screen, including violence, indecency and child pornography. Allegations aside, the film presents a bleak, but compelling and in some ways strikingly realistic version of contemporary Bulgarian reality, and it is a pity that it has not been available to the public. The film is even more heavy on metaphor than it is on shocking scenes – it seems to fit under the “magic realism” tradition in Bulgarian literature and film. Good cinematography and music, too.
Bulgarian elections are taking place this Sunday, 12 May, after resignation of PM Boyko Borissov in February this year. The film is available online only today, 11 May, from 00:00 to 23.59 during what Bulgarian law stipulates as the “day for reflection” prior to the election day. While watching it, I thought that more people, Bulgarians as well as non-Bulgarians, should watch it – so I am sharing it here.
“The film tells the story of brothers Jorre and Kotze who travel around the country in search for a treasure hidden by their deceased grandmother. Jorre is 26, wears black and listens to drum and base. Kotze is 9, wears a silver chain on his neck, steals, fights and listens to chalga. Despite the differences between them, the brothers set off on a journey all over Bulgaria. On the way, they encounter Bulgarian reality: crazy, at times scary, and shrouded in the country’s political mindlessness”.
Watch, download, share, and don’t be shocked – before someone takes it down. Don’t show it to your children and conservative or easily shocked relatives.
P.S. Baklava was filmed in the Idle Ethnographer’s home town.