Scene from the film The Beast Is Still Alive
Scene from the film The Beast Is Still Alive
Scene from the film The Beast Is Still Alive

The Beast Is Still Alive

  • Bulgaria
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A young Bulgarian digs out her dead grandfather’s secret police file to unravel the past and find the answer to why the Socialist idea failed. She is fed up with the hypocrisy of modern Bulgarian Socialists, who continuously advocate social welfare, while driving her country to catastrophe. At the same time, the Socialist idea abroad has moved on. Like most of Bulgaria's youth, banished into exile, she found a living in London – the city her grandfather adored but never visited. The grandfather, a philosopher and an anglophile had sympathised with the Socialist idea in the early 1920s but later on, seeing the damage of leftist propaganda in the 1940s, he had fled to the mountains to join massive opposition movement called ‘goriani’. The director in a semi-mystic dialogue with her grandfather, visualised with fanciful animated sequences she restores the collective memory of a distant generation.


  • Original Title
    The Beast Is Still Alive
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
  • Cinematography
    Allie Crowford
  • Editing
    Donka Ivanova
  • Sound
    Georgy Marinov
  • Runtime
    91 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Bulgaria
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Awards
    • IDFA FORUM AWARD 2015 at East Doc Platform in Prague, Czech Republic
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY of the month at Calcutta Cult Film Festival July 2017
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY at Aegean Docs 2017
    • BEST ANIMATION - Gold Award and BEST DIRECTOR - Bronze Award at the European Independent Film Awards 2018
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY - European Cinematography Awards 2018
    • GOLDEN PALM AWARD – Mexico International Film Festival 2018 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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