Popfolk (France)



  • Jivko Darakchiev, Perrine Gamot


During a drunken evening in a hotel in Bulgaria, whose current territory corresponds to the north of the ancient kingdom, a character who introduces himself as an “immortal Thracian” narrates in voiceover what will seem like a search for one’s roots on LSD. For example, we come across a “shaman” who snorts ants as a bracing “cocktail” and is firmly convinced that his glorious ancestors knew how to free themselves from the laws of gravity. Employed—in real life—in a tourist complex where, once in a while, he organises “period” costume re-enactments of ancient rites, he belongs to some kind of modern secret society dedicated to awakening the Thracian who sleeps in us all. Add a seductive “priestess” (moreover, specialised in climbing burial mounds) and a rustic cowboy, shake well, and drink Popfolk in one go - a caustic ethno-fiction in which Jivko Darakchiev and Perrine Gamot highlight the modern frailties of identity and their corollary: the fantasies of purity that lead straight to barbed-wire borders.

Emmanuel Chicon   

Section:  Burning Lights
Length: 36'
Country: France
Year: 2018
Language(s): Bulgarian, English
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2018


Emmanuel Chaumet  (Ecce Films)

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Louise Rinaldi
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Language(s):  Bulgarian, English
Subtitles:  English, French
  • We 18 April
  • 14:30
Capitole Leone

Followed by a discussion

  • Th 19 April
  • 10:00