The Pit

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The Pit (Die Grube)

Directed by Hristiana Raykova

  • Germany 2019; 73 min
  • Original version: Bulgarian, Russian, German
  • Genre: Documentary

Synopsis

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.

Production

  • FILM UNIVERSITY BABELSBERG KONRAD WOLF

    Genia Krassnig 

International Sales

  • FILM UNIVERSITY BABELSBERG KONRAD WOLF

    Cristina Marx