The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories

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    The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories

    Problemat s komarite i drugi istorii

    Directed by

    • Andrey Paounov

    Bulgaria, USA, Germany


    100 min

    • German
    • Bulgarian
    • Italian

    Comedy, Documentary

    A small town and its hopeful citizens are about to embark on a bright new journey. Massive rusty cranes, foreign investors, and the joyful chants of cheerleaders carry the dream of a great nuclear future. Disturbed only by gigantic stinging mosquitoes, the townsfolk celebrate the atomic hurray by engraving the nuclear power plant logo on buildings and soup bowls. Amidst the apparent atomic prosperity, lies a past that no one wants to remember. An island holding terrifying secrets.
    Stories of shocking and horrible crimes loom on the city just like the dark clouds of mosquitoes descending on its citizens. A world instantly transformed by ideologies, regimes and dreams of economic prosperity. The tales of characters whose lives intersect in a sinister past, nuclear future and the stinging mosquitoes flying through time, sealing their fate together.


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    • Special Mention for Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Golden Knight, Moscow IFF
    • Human Rights Award, Sarajevo FF
    • Grierson Award, BFI London FF
    • Grand Prix, Docufes / Prizren
    • Best Feature-Length Documentary, Madrid IDFF



    Lilia Topouzova
    Andrey Paounov
    Boris Missirkov
    Georgi Bogdanov
    Andrey Paounov
    Orlin Rouevski
    Ivo Paounov


    Helmer Andrey Paounov's delicious eye for absurdity never bests his deep respect for the entire range of the human experience.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    ... an overwhelmingly beautiful film

    Emilie Padellec, Nisimazine

    This lovely little film about a quiet Bulgarian town even made insecticide seem romantic.

    Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

    Andrey Paounov

    Andrey Paounov


    Usually people tell you all the good things when the camera is off.

    Andrey Paounov is a writer/director best known for his non-fiction films, including GEORGI AND THE BUTTERFLIES (Silver Wolf winner, IDFA 2004), THE MOSQUITO PROBLEM AND OTHER STORIES (Cannes Critics’ Week 2007) and THE BOY WHO WAS A KING (premiered at Toronto International Film Festival). His films have screened at over 150 international film festivals and received more than 40 awards. Andrey’s live action/animation film THREE SISTERS AND ANDREY won the Best German Short Award and the Bulgarian Film Academy Award for Best Animation. WALKING ON WATER (2018) is his latest film.

    Selected Filmography