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Zincograph: The Color of the Chameleon

Directed by: Emil Christov
Written by: Vladislav Todorov

Genre: Dark Comedy-Drama
Tagline: A maniacal informant creates a phantom secret-police department
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Synopsis:

Batko becomes a secret-police informant. He performs his duties with great zeal, and yet he is unduly dismissed. His ego is badly hurt. His experience with clandestine work makes him realize a simple fact - the system of the political police is flawed by nature. Secrecy is both, its power and weakness. The system depends on the presumed authenticity of the agents and recruitment of informants based on fear. The operations of the secret police could be imitated by rogue individuals posing as agents.

Batko creates a phantom secret-police department – a backdoor in the matrix of political control. He becomes the spider in his own web of informants by recruiting a group of intellectuals to spy on each other. He builds his own secret archive. After the fall of communism, Batko uses it to wreak havoc on the government.

“Zincograph” is a dark political comedy. The provocations that spur the plot forward in a slew of hilarious, yet diabolical absurdities come from the workings of the mind of a psychopathic schemer.

The movie offers a paradoxical twist in the standard representation of totalitarianism as a society of victims and victimizers. This is a story without innocents. It exposes the maniacal desire to collaborate and the pleasure of spying on others, the temptation to conform and at the same time hack the system using its own devices. Secret policing reveals its dark nature not only in its nauseating cruelties, but most suggestively in its deviant pleasures. 

 

Official Selection WORKS IN PROGRESS THESSALONIKI IFF '11

http://tiff.filmfestival.gr/default.aspx?lang=en-US&page=986

Official Selection Cannes Atelier'10
http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/cinefoundation/ficheFilmAtelier/id/11019596/year/2010.
http://www.ioncinema.com/news/id/4976
http://cineuropa.org/newsdetail.aspx?lang=en&documentID=141171
http://frognews.bg/news_21582/Balgarski_kinoproekt_-_izbran_v_programa_na_Kan/
http://www.nfc.bg/bg/news-go/kan_2010

Bulgarian National Financial Aid Granted, 2009
http://www.filmneweurope.com/news/bulgaria/bulgarian-grants-announced


Official Selection New Cinema Network - Focus Europe, Rome IFF '09
http://www.screendaily.com/5006517.article

Official Selection Connecting Cottbus, Cottbus IFF '09
http://www.connecting-cottbus.de/level9_cms/index.phpmid=00360094&LC=EN
http://www.filmneweurope.com/news/region/connecting-cottbus-pitches-a-winning-event

Won Restart Award CineLink Coproduction Market, Sarajevo IFF '09
http://www.filmneweurope.com/news/region/sarajevo-cinelink-announces-industry-awards
http://bnt.bg/bg/news/view/13444/dve_nagradi_za_bylgarskoto_kino_na_festivala_v_saraevo
http://a-onefilms.com/blog/176#more-176

Won Balkan Fund Script Development Award, Thessaloniki IFF '08
http://tiff.filmfestival.gr/default.aspx?lang=en-US&loc=4&&page=727&newsid=1016
http://www.dnevnik.bg/show/?storyid=585962
http://www.filmneweurope.com/news/bulgaria/two-bulgarian-film-projects-awarded-in-thessaloniki

Interviews and Samples
http://bnt.bg/bg/news/view/25718/intervu_s_pisatelja_vladislav_todorov_za_novija_proekt_ay_cinkograf_au
http://www.trud.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=452436
http://www.24chasa.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=327420
http://liternet.bg/publish2/gborisov/vladislav-todorov.
http://liternet.bg/publish19/vl_todorov/cinkograf.htm

Shooting

http://bnt.bg/bg/productions/61/edition/16754/kino_espreso_24_septemvri_2011

http://bnt.bg/bg/productions/121/edition/16043/denjat_zapochva_s_kultura_8_avgust_2011

http://bnt.bg/bg/news/view/58224/pyrvi_snimachen_den_na_cinkograf

http://bnt.bg/bg/productions/121/edition/16256/denjat_zapochva_s_kultura_24_avgust_2011

http://bnt.bg/bg/productions/121/edition/16073/denjat_zapochva_s_kultura_10_avgust_2011

http://www.dnevnik.bg/razvlechenie/2011/08/09/1136201_fotogaleriia_purvi_snimachen_den_na_bulgarskiia_film/?ref=rss

http://www.monitor.bg/article?id=302455

http://www.trud.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=995330

http://novinar.bg/news/agent-rushi-plete-intrigi-v-tajno-podzemie_MzY1Mzs1NQ==.html

http://paper.standartnews.com/bg/article.php?d=2011-08-10&article=377586

http://www.24chasa.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=996107

http://www.filmneweurope.com/news/bulgaria/production-zincograph-shooting-in-sofia

shooting