The Good Postman

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The Good Postman
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Directed by Tonislav Hristov
Produced byKaarle Aho
Kai Nordberg
Screenplay by Tonislav Hristov
Lubomir Tsvetkov
StarringIvan Fransuzov
Angela Jekova
Vangel Jekov
Ivan Halahcev
Veselina Dimova
Music byPetar Dundakov
CinematographyOrlin Ruevski
Edited byNikolai Hartmann
Tonislav Hristov
Making Movies Oy
Soul Food
Release date
19 November 2016
(International Documentary Festival Amsterdam)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Finland

The Good Postman is a 2016 documentary film directed by Tonislav Hristov. [1] The film offers a tragicomic perspective on the 'refugee crisis' of 2015 from a small Bulgarian village located near the Turkish border. The village has suffered decades of economic and demographic decline. The handful of remaining residents observe refugee families from Syria and elsewhere as they cross the border, and ponder inviting them to settle in the vacant village houses. This proposal, advocated by the village postman and main protagonist Ivan, polarizes opinions and brings into focus the local people's own fears, hopes and disappointments.

Tonislav Hristov is a Bulgarian filmmaker. He moved to Finland in 2001.

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Although the film uses a semi-fictionalised plot, all characters portray themselves in a narrative which closely follows real events which unfolded in Bulgaria during 2014 and 2015. [2]

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The film was largely positively received by international critics. [3] [4] [5] An exception was a review by Neil Young of The Hollywood Reporter, who found the film to be "conventional in form and intermittently engaging in content." [6] By contrast, Stefan Dobroiu of CineEuropa called it "an amazing and complex portrait of life, politics and community." [7]

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The film premiered in November 2016 at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. [8] The Good Postman was also the opening film at the April 2017 edition of the One World Human Rights Film Festival, held in Brussels. [9]

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