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.

ADAM AKKAYA

Title
The Color of the Chameleon
Director
Emil Christov
Country
Bulgaria
Length
111 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
Bulgarian
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Original title
Tsvetat na Hameleona
Cast
Samuel Finzi, Mihail Bilalov, Irena Miliankova, Ruscen Vidinliev
Producer
Bouriana Zakharieva/Vladislav Todorov
Script
Vladislav Todorov
Music
Nikolay Madzharov

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