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Die Grube

73 min.
Year of Production:
Karl Gerhardt
Stephan Zwickirsch
Production Company:
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Berlinale Section:
Perspektive deutsches Kino
Berlinale Category:
Documentary Film

In Roman times, thermal baths were vibrant places of public life. These bathing establishments, which were accessible free of charge, were a pivotal point of social interaction. At Bulgaria’s Golden Beach resort, this tradition has survived to the present day in a spa called ‘the pit’. Even in wintry temperatures of five degrees above zero, the water is steaming and people sit together in the hot pool, relaxing in the here and now before a backdrop of the endless expanse of the sea.
What at first sight seems to be a rose-tinted view of paradise is in reality an insightful portrait of today’s Bulgaria. This film is a touching study of a microcosm which represents an entire society; a human mosaic of personal and political stories in which smouldering conflicts and heated discussions come together to form a multifaceted whole. For here in the pit on Golden Beach is where opposing worldviews and overarching trends collide, and, floating above it all even in the most beautiful weather, is the dark cloud of monetisation that has infiltrated every last corner of our lives.

FILMOGRAFIE Hristiana Raykova (selection)

2019 Die Grube 

Die Grube IMDb
Interview on 'The Pit'

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