The Good Postman


On the eastern edge of Bulgaria, bordering Turkey, amid wizened orchards and an ancient patchwork of farmlands, sits a poor and sleepy hamlet that time seems to have forgotten. Despite the sparse population of silver-haired citizens wistful for the brighter days of communism, democracy is in full force as the village prepares in earnest for its mayoral election. Meanwhile, an endless train of Syrian refugees bound for Europe silently traipses through the rural terrain, visible through the binoculars of one gentle and taciturn candidate, the postman.

Told through indelible, lush images, this quietly cinematic film exposes seismic divisions regarding immigration and what it means to be European in an age of global displacement and shifting political systems. With dry humor and remarkable sensitivity toward its beguiling ensemble of characters, Tonislav Hristov’s documentary plays like a scripted narrative, with the postman as the film’s grounding hero—a man who sees encroaching darkness not in the desperate exiles filing across his land, but in his own increasingly closed-off and distrustful town.

YEAR 2016


COUNTRY Finland/Bulgaria

RUN TIME 82 min

LANGUAGE Bulgarian

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Making Movies Oy



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Artist Bio

Tonislav Hristov

Tonislav Hristov (born in 1978) studied engineering in Bulgaria before moving to Finland to study film. The Good Postman is his sixth documentary film as a director. His most recent film, Once Upon a Dream—A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western, premiered at the 2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and his film Love & Engineering premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.