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The Last Black Sea Pirates

Documentary Film
72 minutes

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Martichka Bozhilova, Agitprop
Svetoslav Stoyanov
Orlin Ruevski, Ivan Nikolov
Petar Marinov
Vanya Raynova
Momchil Bozhkov, BFSA
Once upon a time there was a fearless pirate who robbed Turkish galleys, captured a lot of gold, and buried his treasure near the mouth of a river on the coast of the Black Sea. Two centuries later, Captain Jack has settled on this beach with a handful of criminals and alcoholics, far removed from civilisation, and built his own little realm there. Two construction trailers, a rowing boat, fresh fish, schnapps, and dynamite – that’s all the modern pirates need on their quest for the legendary treasure.
But this outlaw’s paradise is threatened – the Bulgarian Prime Minister’s brother wants to build five tourist resorts and a yacht harbour in the middle of the nature reserve. This makes the group of outlaws so restless they challenge their captain’s authoritarian regime. Mutiny looms...
Svetoslav Stoyanov tells a quirky documentarian fairy tale in which the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred. His hero is trying to defy the modern age, where corruption and global capitalism have replaced the old order. Captain Jack takes rough but hearty care of his men as long as they don’t question the search for the legendary treasure. Can their dreams and their friendship survive the new era?

Claas Danielsen