Palace for the People

Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov, Bulgarije, Duitsland, Roemenië, 76 min, Eastern Neighbours Filmfestival

Onderdeel van: English Specials

An exciting cinematic tour through five impressive palaces from socialist times in Eastern Europe.

Until the 20th century, ordinary people didn’t have access to palaces. This was given to them with the arrival of communist ideology when collective good was the major state policy, to remind people there was an ultimate power and brighter future. Here are the stories of the most emblematic buildings that witnessed historical turbulences in Eastern Europe in the second half of the century. The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Moscow State University, Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, Palace of the Republic in Berlin are unique architectural creatures constructed with a lot of courage, as well as a bit of lunacy by the local authorities. Each one is the tallest, the largest, has the biggest clock on Earth, or the most advanced technology of its time. Now that socialism is over, it's time to go back and reveal their hidden secrets. A snapshot of the palaces today seen through the eyes of their architects, former and current directors, and people who took care of them.

The screening on Thursday 7 November will be followed by a masterclass with the director Boris Missirkov.

Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
Bulgarije, Duitsland, Roemenië

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English subtitles