Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov, D/BG/RO, 2017, FSK Infoprogramm, 26 min. each, German
The documentaries “Palaces for the People” tell the eventful history of three gigantic socialist people’s palaces. We show three of the four episodes, each lasting about 26min, in continuous loop. Just come in and be fascinated by the sometimes bizarre stories of the gigantic socialist people’s palaces. Learn more about the people who built them. The Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, the Palace of Culture in Sofia and the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest – built as palaces for the people, for a revolutionary eternity, have outlived their principals.
The Palace of the Federation in Belgrade, commissioned at the time by Marshal Tito, remains untouched in its modernism by the influence of Stalinist baroque. The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is Ceausescu’s fever dream in stone and cost Bucharest large parts of its old town: a third of the city centre, six synagogues and 22 churches were razed to the ground. The National Palace of Culture in Sofia was built as a festival hall for the celebrations of Bulgaria’s 1,300th anniversary. The largest congress centre in south-eastern Europe is still far too large for any kind of event.
Little-known historical footage of the construction, openings and festivities of the opulent buildings combine with top-class current footage to create a great viewing pleasure.