Andrey Paounov second full-length documentary after “Georgi and the Butterflies”, which won the silver wolf in Amsterdam (IDFA 2004), also shows the will of Critic’s Week to choose a documentary for its Cannes selection that takes a daring approach to a social issue.
“The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories” is structured like a puzzle with an element of absurd poetry in each of its pieces- which provoked lots of laughter in the audience. The small town of Belene, located next to the Danube River, is attacked by mosquitoes resistant to any treatment. Musicians, pom-pom girls, retired persons and NATO military personnel- all the inhabitants are observed through the way they react to the insects, the invisible enemies that even the hunters are incapable of destroying. All these characters seem slightly crazy- we even wonder how people that strange can really exist- but all of them are regarded with genuine tenderness. If they speak about mosquitoes, it’s just because they are reluctant to speak of anything else, but their silence is even more expressive than a long interview.
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