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The Color of the Chameleon (2012)
Tsvetat na Hameleona (original title)
Fiction, 111 min
Production country   Bulgaria
Language   Bulgarian
Director   Emil Christov
Scriptwriter   Vladislav Todorov
Producer   Vladislav Todorov
Plot keywords    
Comedy, drama, thriller
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Batko becomes a secret-police informant. He performs his duties with great zeal, and yet he is unduly dismissed. His ego is badly hurt. His experience with clandestine work makes him realize a simple fact - the system of the political police is flawed by nature. Secrecy is both, its power and weakness. The system depends on the presumed authenticity of the agents and recruitment of informants based on fear. The operations of the secret police could be imitated by rogue individuals posing as agents. Batko creates a phantom secret-police department – a backdoor in the matrix of political control. He becomes the spider in his own web of informants by recruiting a group of intellectuals to spy on each other. He builds his own secret archive. After the fall of communism, Batko uses it to wreak havoc on the government. “Zincograph” is a dark political comedy-thriler. The provocations that spur the plot forward in a slew of hilarious, yet diabolical absurdities come from the workings of the mind of a psychopathic schemer. The movie offers a paradoxical twist in the standard representation of totalitarianism as a society of victims and victimizers. This is a story without innocents. It exposes the maniacal desire to collaborate and the pleasure of spying on others, the temptation to conform and at the same time hack the system using its own devices. Secret policing reveals its dark nature not only in its nauseating cruelties, but most suggestively in its deviant pleasures. 
Photos by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary.
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Black & White
Sound format   Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio   16:9
Production format   HD
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