Whirligig, lunatics and flying saucers in Teodor Ushev’s new film
Bulgarian animator Theodor Ushev, whose film “Blind Vaysha” was nominated for the Oscar prize this year, is preparing a film project on Vladislav Todorov’s latest novel “Whirligig“. The main character in the film is a sign of a totalitarian landmark in Bulgaria with a shape utterly resembling a whirligig or a flying saucer and inspired the creative tandem for the film realisation of this “brutal tale” (the term is from the subtitle of the novel). The story is influenced by Russian “Cosmism” – a philosophical and cultural movement in Russia from the early 20th century, whose representatives believe that immortality is feasible and a chance for survival of earthly civilisation. Although at first the supporters of this movement were considered as lunatics, their scientific methods later became the basis of the Russian space programme. The author of the novel defines it as an “dystopia with elements of a fairy tale” – a favourite genre of Theodor Ushev, in which he created earlier the fairy tale of the blind Vaysha on the story of another contemporary Bulgarian author – Georgi Gospodinov.