TEO TODOROV is a young Bulgarian film maker based in London. Fed up with scathing media reports about Bulgaria from EU-phobic newspapers, he wanted to make a film that would correct misconceptions. And yet, he was aware that in today’s Bulgaria despite a phenomenally rich history, there are many problems. What to do?
Teo formed Kro.no Productions with his fellow film school graduates and they have gone off to Bulgaria to research and discover what is modern Bulgaria all about?
A country that has had difficulty extricating itself from the Soviet shadow, Bulgaria is little known in Western Europe. As the director says,
“The film will be a unique look into post-communist, modern day Bulgaria, giving an insight into Eastern Europe that is rarely (if ever) seen in the Western world. Running through the film will be a focus on the tradition of icon painting throughout Bulgaria’s history, and why this is such an important part of the culture. The film will include a number of different personal stories, by people of varying social backgrounds, told with interviews and reenactments for some of the more dramatic parts.”
Influenced by the documentary approaches of Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, among others, Todorov has found some strange and unique stories that promise to finally shed some light on this mysterious and fascinating part of Europe.