The Color of the Chameleon

The Color of the Chameleon  {Tsvetat na Hameleona}
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The Color of the Chameleon
Tsvetat na Hameleona
Bulgaria, 2012, 114 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Black Comedy, Film Noir, Political
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Bulgarian English Sub-Titles

Perhaps the strangest movie in this year’s fest, Chameleon is based on the cult novel The Zincograph written by Bulgarian academic and novelist Vladislav Todorov. It’s an outré and ultra-stylish spy movie pastiche that follows a charismatic schemer in an authoritarian police state, who, fired from his job as a secret police informant, conjures up his own imaginary spy network that he turns against his former masters.

Offering a paradoxical twist on the standard representation of totalitarianism as a society of victims and victimizers, this film emphasizes the maniacal desire to collaborate and the pleasure of spying on others.

“A black, absurdist riff on the dank literary labyrinths of Kafka, Le Carré and Don DeLillo, by way of the cinematic influence of David Lynch and Bernardo Bertolucci, Emil Christov's first movie is about how to succeed in politics without really existing.” Globe & Mail

Producer/writer Vladislav Todorov expected to attend both screenings

DIRECTOR: Emil Christov
Producer: Vladislav Todorov, Bouriana Zakharieva
Editor: Alexander Etimov
Screenwriter: Vladislav Todorov
Cinematographer: Krum Rodriguez
Music: Nikolay Madzharov
Principal Cast: Ruscen Vidinliev, Irena Milyankova, Rousy Chanev, Deyan Donkov, Svetlana Yancheva, Samuel Finzi
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Peripeteia Films -

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