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PIT, THE (GRUBE, DIE)

PIT, THE
© Johannes Greisle/Filmuniversität Babelsberg

It's winter, 5 degrees and the water's steaming. People sit in the hot water, leaning against the edge of the pool. Behind them the sea, an endless expanse.

What at first glance looks like a beautiful spa by the sea, the people of Varna call it “the pit”. A cinematic portrait of the Bulgarian present and the investigation of a microcosm that stands for an entire society. The regular visitors of the basin are our protagonists: the taxi driver Dimtscho, who finds love at the pit at the age of 61. The retired musician Alexander, who wants to rent his rooms to tourists and tells us about his time as a womanizer. Genadi, who takes care of the pit like a loving caretaker and who lives his dream of a petting zoo. And Bobi, who is homeless and who walks the streets at night near the pit. Individual biographies, touching personal stories, interpersonal conflicts and exciting discussions combine to form a diverse picture. World views and political convictions meet in the pit and tell of social change and stagnation on the edge of Europe.


Hristiana Raykova was born in 1985 in Varna/Bulgaria. After studying Political Science and working as a cinematographer and video editor, she studied Directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Her films include: BABA DIMITRA (short doc, 2012), SEMSSUI (short, 2012), DER EINZIG WAHRE WEINACHTSMANN (short doc, 2013), H - DER HERMANNSWEG KOMPLETT UND AM STÜCK (short doc, 2014), KÖNIGE (doc, 2014), and THE PIT (doc, 2018).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2018
Director Hristiana Raykova
Cinematography Johannes Greisle
Producer Genia Krassnig
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Length 73 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 Bulgarian, Russian, German, Roma
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2019 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino), Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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