Year of production:


Production and Director:


A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly Bulgarians is deciding on future of Europe. The Great Gate, as the village has been called for centuries because of its location on the doorsteps of the former Ottoman Empire, has found itself in the middle of European crisis, as at night asylum seekers sneak across the border causing fear and unrest. Once again the sleepy and forgotten village has become the most important secret loophole of Europe. Postman Ivan has a new political vision. He decides to run for mayor to bring the dying village to life by welcoming refugees. His opponents want either to close their eyes or close down the border and reintroduce communism. Busy on the campaign trail while delivering the mail, Ivan soon learns that while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter..



  • Golden Rhyton Bulgarian Documentary and Animation Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary Film
  • Bulgarian Film Academy Awards 2017 – Best Sound
  • Burgas International Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary
  • Trieste Film Festival 20172017 г. – Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Award
  • Washington DC Filmfest 2017 – Justice Matters Award



  • Sundance Film Festival 2017 – Grand Jury Prize
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2017 – Dragon Award
  • European Film Awards 2017 – European Documentary
  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2017 – Silver Eye Award
  • Shanghai International Film Festival 2017 – Golden Goblet



More Projects