This week I haven’t been traveling, so I have no new place to tell you about. Still, I have a story to share about an event in my hometown, Plovdiv. Last Friday the premiere of a new Bulgarian movie, Benzin took place. Some friends of mine ensured the movie launched with a lot of noise.
Before I tell you about it, I would like to describe in short the Bulgarian movie industry. Historically speaking, during the long years of the Communist regime, all that one was able to see at the movie theater was Russian military movies. That was the time of my mother’s youth when she spent the cold hours at the cinema to stay warm while electricity was out at home. Later on, our own movie industry began to develop. Many people, currently in their forties, remember the classic Bulgarian movies with pleasure. However, all that I remember of them is how bad the sound was – I was barely able to distinguish the words in my own language. In the past twenty years things caught up and recently, we make a lot of TV series and movies that are able to compete at the international scene.
So, the movie we saw last Friday was something, whose trailer resembled “The Fast and the Furious”. I’m no movie critic, so I won’t discuss whether you should see it or not, but I will tell you about how it launched in my hometown. The local motorcycling club decided to go for a private screening. On their way, as you can imagine, they made a lot of noise and made people ask themselves, “What the Hell is going on here?” Here you can find the full description of the event, with a big “Thanks!” to my partners at Plovdiv Time, and below I add some more photos that I took at the movie theater. Enjoy!