90 or 52min or 4x26min original Bulgarian, English, Romanian, Russian, Serbian version with English or German subtitles available
PALACE FOR THE PEOPLE tells the stories of the most emblematic four buildings of socialist times - highly representative for the epoch and witnessing the historical turbulence in Eastern Europe in the second half of the XX century. The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Moscow State University, Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, Palace of the Republic in Berlin are unique architectural creatures made with a lot of courage and a bit of lunacy to remind the people there was an ultimate power and brighter future. Each one is the tallest, the largest, has the biggest clock on Earth, or the most advanced technology of its time. They were the most grandiose enterprises in a time when collective good was the major state policy. Now that socialism is over it's time to go back and reveal their hidden secrets. The film takes a snapshot of the palaces today, as seen through the eyes of people related to them - their architects, former and current directors, ordinary people who worked in them.
Episode 1: Moscow: Moscow State University Episode 2: Belgrade: Palace of Serbia Episode 3: Sofia: National Palace of Culture Episode 4: Bucharest: Palace of the Parliament
2018 DOK Leipzig
Cast and Crew
Director Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
Producer Martichka Bozhilova, Thomas Tielsch, Velvet Moraru
Director of Photography Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov