In an ever expanding Europe, some things stay the same. The infrastructure project Corridor #8 was meant to kick-start the isolated southeast of the Balkans, previously riddled with division, intolerance and war. The ambitious road and rail system was to link Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania, but it ended in disappointment after ten years of EU-financed development.

In an absurdist satirical manner, internationally acclaimed feature debutant Boris Despodov embarks on a long journey along the non-existent road, meeting and interviewing people along the way. The stories he encounters are as often those of loss, separation and despair, as they are of life, hope and optimism. With an inquisitive approach, and HD cinematography of sometimes stunning beauty, Despodov reveals a destitute corner of Europe, whose richness in cultural diversity is overwhelming.

Corridor #8 poster
Title
Corridor #8
Director
Boris Despodov
Country
Bulgaria
Length
74 min
Festival
2008
Section
Collage
Language
Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian, English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2008
Original title
Kopugop No. 8
Producer
Martichka Bozhilova
Script
Boris Despodov
Music
Peter Dundakov

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