International Works in Progress
Several stateless young refugees create an ideal country on an abandoned platform in the sea but struggle with real differences of communication, habits, desires and idea for freedom.
Stan is a refugee and his citizenship has been taken away. He tries to keep on living as a refugee, but this turns out to be impossible without having any documents. In a refugee prison he becomes close with Starly , Ahmed and Option and together they decide to establish their own country on an abandoned platform in the sea. In his willingness to save the democracy, Stan totally kills it by becoming a dictator of the whole state.
Stan (40 y.o.) is a refugee and his citizenship has been taken away. He tries to keep on living as a refugee, but this turns out to be impossible without having any documents. In a refugee prison he becomes close with Starly (24 y.o.), Ahmed (32 y.o.) and Option (45 y.o.) and together they decide to establish their own country on an abandoned platform in the sea. There they find out that Joanna (34 y.o.) lives there. The four of them decide to divide the platform and to establish the most democratic country, living next to “the locals”, who does not agree neither with their decision, nor with their actions. Hunted down by their different pasts, their believes for freedom and democracy start to flow on the surface. In his willingness to save the democracy, Stan totally kills it by becoming a dictator of the whole state. In front of the 5 citizens of the newly established state raises the dilemma to destroy themselves or to destroy the platform.
This is a film about freedom. About how, in the desire to preserve freedom, we can destroy it.
Stan was expelled from his own dictatorial state and embittered by a lack of tolerance for a refugee like him. He decided, along with three other refugees, to establish a new democracy on an abandoned platform at the sea. But he does not like democracy when it does not follow his ideas and rules. Thus, in his desire to fight for the freedom of the platform, he becomes a dictator who kills democracy. The moment you put yourself above the others, you are already an aggressor.
The platform is an anti utopia with clear signs and metaphors of the modern world. The Platform is a scaled-down model of those people’s desires. The conflicts and the very absurdity of the situation transform this drama into a black comedy (dramedy). The genre is determined by our desire to make a psychological movie and not a political thriller.
Nikolay Mutafchiev was born on 20.10.1974. He graduated in Acting from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia in 1999. He has a Master's degree in movie directing from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in 2008. He made his debut as a director of fiction films with the short drama Two on the Bridge (2006), and in 2007 won a UN subsidy for his project You Are It. The two films have been selected for participation in various international festivals.
One more dream, 2012, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vkoKj5WFS8 You are it, 2008, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i6OP1RG7MQ Two on the bridge, 2007, Paris Tout Court (Франция), 2008, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOXBhZ15q8c Forbiden Heroes, 2015
Graduated as a Master in "Film and Television Directing" at the New Bulgarian University, and at the same time began working as a casting director for more than 250 episodes of various TV series and for more than 100 TV commercials for various Bulgarian and global brands. Subsequently, she works as an executive producer of the entire television and online advertising campaign of Metro Cash and Carry for 2016-2017. Since 2018, her professional path as a producer continues with SAMSARA.