Andrey Paounov
Andrey Paounov

The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories

The life and times of the absurd town of Belene caught between its concentration camp past and its great nuclear future.

A small town and its hopeful citizens are about to embark on a bright new journey. Massive rusty cranes, foreign investors, and joyful chants of cheerleaders carry the dream of a great nuclear future. Disturbed only by gigantic stinging mosquitoes, the townsfolk celebrate the atomic hurray by engraving the nuclear power plant logo on buildings and soup bowls. Amidst the apparent atomic prosperity, lies the past that no one wants to remember.

An island holding terrifying secrets. Stories of shocking and horrible crimes loom, like the dark clouds of mosquitoes descending on its citizens. A world instantly transformed by ideologies, regimes and dreams of economic prosperity. The tales of characters whose lives intersect in the sinister past, nuclear future and the stinging mosquitoes flying through time, sealing their fate together.

Team Partner
Martichka Bozhilova, producer
Producer / Production Details
AGITPROP in co-production with ITVS International and Filmtank Hamburg, in association with ZDF/ARTE, Sundance, Channel 4, Humanist Broadcasting Foundation, YLE Teema
Supported by National Film Centre Bulgaria, MEDIA
Top Awards/Festivals
Cannes F.F. (2007)
Special Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2007)
First Prize of the Jury at Documenta Madrid (2008)
Special Mention at BRITDOC (2007)
Grierson Award at BFI London Film Festival (2007)
Human Rights Award at Sarajevo Film Festival (2007)

Toronto I.F.F.
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
GoEast Film Festival

Broadcast on Sundance (28 April, 2008)
Broadcast on Global Voices (24 July, 2011)
This film is part of Global Perspectives Collection
Streamed on DocAlliance
Training Programme
Masterschool 2004