“My Bansko”: Film Summary
40min, Pal, 16:9, documentary, 2009
A 40 minute film about the small town of Bansko in Bulgaria will be presented on the INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL IN BULGARIA BANSKO 2009. In different sections the city, the scenery, the people and the attractions will be presented. During the movie Frank Nadler from time to time issues classifying comments about the viewed scenes. The film is otherwise without comments, speaks exclusively with cinematic means and tells its story through the pictures and sound.
The audience should be able to come emotionally close to the town of Bansko. Experience how people live and have lived there, what the locals believe in and what they rejoice at. Experience the stunning natural surroundings and the opportunities Bansko offers to a visitor, a traveler.
The film should not be a mere travel brochure, it should make Bansko palpable.
It grabs its audience and opens up a deep insight into the culture of the country. The movie is to make people and life there to be understood, giving a glimpse of the local people’s lives and offer more than a visit usually makes possible. It is supposed to contribute to a greater understanding between cultures in Europe. Bulgaria is a EU member, but when you once question, for example, people in Germany about Bulgaria, there are hardly any answers. The country, and thus Bansko, is situated in the middle of Europe, and yet so distant and strange.
We shoot with a small team this winter and summer. This provides flexibility and proximity. We get up close to people and find places that are indeed seen in a travel brochure, but we do not simply mirror them, but will experience them in a special way through the subjective evaluation of Frank Nadler, the Bavarian in Bulgaria.
With an impressive landscape and rich culture Bansko attracts more and more tourists. A place where you can travel in summer and winter. Approximately 2 hours drive from Sofia.
Bansko was mentioned as early as in 1000, has long been an important trading post between the Orient and the Occident. Today the small, about 1000 meters above sea mountain resort Bansko is an insider tip for winter sports or for hikers and nature lovers in summer.
My Bansko is the subjective view of a Bavarian, who came 9 years ago to the small town of Bansko in Bulgaria and immediately fell in love with the village.
There followed years full of curiosity, curiosity for the people, traditions, way of life. He saw the changes of a flourishing resort. Some with a crying, many with a laughing eye. While most people coming to Bansko enjoy just the hype in the resort, he searched for the other side, for the originality. For what could still be found by anyone who might just be looking for it. Thus, a story strong with pictures of a modern, future-facing, small town emerges, of a place of great natural beauty, tradition and history. “My Bansko” is supposed to give a view of both sides of the mountain town, the famous ski resort.
The Pirin Mountains. Unesco World Heritage Site. At the foot of the mountain Todorka lies Bansko. Here live about 10 thousand people. In the air, everywhere, the homey smell of chimney smoke.
Bansko is the chosen home of the native Bavarian Frank Nadler. 9 years ago he first came to this place. From the first moment, he was done in. Here he wanted to continue to live.
The emblem of Bansko is the Orthodox Church of St. Troitsa. Here Bansko seems to stand still. The church of 1835 shows paintings and wood carvings. Successfully defied the rule of the Turks and socialism. The most beautiful church in Bulgaria, as Frank Nadler says.
In just a few years, the town has catapulted itself into one of the top ski and hiking resorts in Eastern Europe. With one of the most modern ski lift systems one goes up on the more than 2700 meters high mountain Todorka. Even the top-class sport of the FIS makes station here. Frank does not ski anymore. Frank Nadler uses the mountains around Bansko in his way.
The naturally evolved and rich in traditions old town enchants. The time-honoured cobbled streets, so to speak, catapult you into another world, the houses are made of river stones and wooden beams.
The picturesque countryside around Bansko is reachable by car in just a few minutes. Here you can forget the hustle and bustle of the booming ski resorts. Wrap yourself in tradition – experience Europe like a hundred years ago. In the hills of the hinterland on a Sunday suddenly people meet, a whole village. There is a Kurban and they laugh, eat and sing.