BASED ON A novel by Vladislav Todorov, »The Color of the Chameleon« is set in Bulgaria after the fall of communism. Batko, a scheming anti-hero, lands a job at the secret police and is sent on a mission to spy on a group of subversive students. The job does not pan out as hoped and he is dismissed. A vengeful Batko takes what he has learned from the police and forms his own secret network by recruiting the same unknowing students to spy on each another. Happy with his plan he builds up an archive of information to sabotage the government.
THIS DARK COMEDY is an opposing, satirical take on the totalitarian society as a place of victims and suppressors only, presenting a world where damaging actions for personal benefits in some ways are justified.
WITH HIS EXPERIENCE as a cinematographer, director Emil Hristov paints a visual setting full of stylish playfulness. Yet the film is a believable vision of how secrecy both empowers and weakens a totalitarian society.
- The Color of the Chameleon
- Emil Christov
- 111 min
- Premiere status
- Nordic Premiere
- Production year
- Original title
- Tsvetat na Hameleona
- Samuel Finzi, Mihail Bilalov, Irena Miliankova, Ruscen Vidinliev
- Bouriana Zakharieva/Vladislav Todorov
- Vladislav Todorov
- Nikolay Madzharov