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Country: BULGARIA, FINLAND
Run Time: 82 minutes
Nestled near Turkey’s border is a tiny Bulgarian village that has seen its share of weary travelers over the centuries dating back to the early years of the Ottoman Empire. Now, given the multitude of instability in Africa and the Middle East, this village is again seeing the foot traffic of refugees trying to find a new home anywhere in Europe. THE GOOD POSTMAN is director Tonislav Hristov’s sixth documentary, and it couldn’t be more timely given the wave of refugees and nationalism that is sweeping through Europe and here at home. When Ivan, the titular postal worker, decides to run for mayor of the town of a few dozen people, he runs on a platform of granting asylum to the refugees. His thinking is this will re-energize the sleepy and decrepit town. A microcosm of much larger stages, the town and its people contain all the characters we’re seeing in our political theater today—including an ill-mannered malcontent who thinks the refugees will be the end of the town. Beautifully shot and poignant, THE GOOD POSTMAN is a nice reminder that there is still good in people. (In Bulgarian with subtitles) —T.W.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:50 PM
Akron Art Museum
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 4:15 PM
Recommended for High School Students +
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Born in Bulgaria, Tonislav Hristov has won several directing awards at festivals worldwide. He was educated in Finland where he has lived since 2001.
"Perhe" (2009), "Rules of Single Life" (2011), "Soul Food Stories" (2013), "Love and Engineering" (2014), "Once Upon a Dream-A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western" (2015), THE GOOD POSTMAN (2016)
Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg