Bulgaria / 1967
95 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles
Arsenal 1zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
One day, a barrage balloon shaped like a huge fish appears above a small village. All day long, the inhabitants make one attempt after another to get rid of the balloon, which provides ironic commentary from above. The free-floating balloon, which repeatedly escapes the inhabitants' grasp, elicits longings and fears in equal measure, testifying to utopian freedom as well as to oppressive control. Speculation and wild imagination break free. This visually powerful allegory based on an eponymous novel by Yordan Radichkov is open to all kinds of interpretation, which did not sit well with the Bulgarian government. The film was banned shortly after its completion and prevented from participating in the Venice Film Festival. It screened 20 years later and is now considered one of the most important Bulgarian films ever.