For viewers irreconcilable with the crimes of Socialism and
those who still believe in the idea...
THE BEAST IS STILL ALIVE
Using animated sequences and a semi-mystical dialogue between a young woman and her dead grandfather, The Beast Is Still Alive shows how young generations need to study and question the communist ideology
Creative documentary I directed by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova I 90 min I HD I Bulgaria UK I 2016
Awarded for: IDFA Forum Award at EDP 2015; Best Documentary at Aegean Docs 2017; Best Documentary at Calcutta Cult Film Festival 2017; Best Animation - Gold Award and Best Director - Bronze Award at the European Independent Film Awards 2018; Best Documentary at European Cinematography Awards 2018; Golden Palm Award – Mexico International Film Festival 2018
Festivals: Sarajevo Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, IDFA, Trieste Film Festival, Goteborg Film Festival, ZagrebDox, Beldocs Film Festival, Tirana International Film Festival, Manaki Brothers, Aegean Docs, SEE East and others
This political documentary is about the search for an ideal communism and how it has never been found in practice. The film begins with the secret police file on the grandfather of a young Bulgarian woman. He sympathized with the Bulgarian Socialists in 1920s, but after seeing the damage the Communist Party caused during World War II, he joined the Goryani anti-communist resistance movement in the Bulgarian mountains. Using animated sequences and a semi-mystical dialogue in voice-over between the young woman and her dead grandfather, The Beast Is Still Alive shows how young generations keep rediscovering communist ideology against the backdrop of discredited politicians and former agents of the secret police. The young woman’s attitude towards the political alternatives to capitalism grows increasingly complex.
Pitched at La Rochelle – Best Project Showcase - History, Zagreb Dox, Baltic Sea Forum, Robert Bosh Foundation, East European Forum, East Doc Platform - IDFA Forum Award 2015, EDN Docs Thessaloniki
Rough Cut Service – Iikka Vehkalahti
CE’s progmamme MEDIA for Development; Bulgarian National Film Centre for production; Co-production with the
Bulgarian National Television and Nova Film