Margarit and Margarita

Director: Nikolav Volev
Screenwriters: Nikolav Volev

Institute History

  • 1991 Sundance Film Festival


Filmed a year before the fall of the totalitarian regime in Bulgaria on November 10, 1989, Margarit and Margarita is a direct reflection of modern life in Bulgaria. An absorbing tragedy about two young lovers from the moment they leave their parents, are expelled from their high school and enter into a merciless society of cynicism and corruption, this film is a crazy ride; a fateful plunge from hilariously wild, youthful innocence to contemporary nihilism. Rebellious, independent and misunderstood. Margarit and Margarita are a couple who believe they can take on the world. However, they discover they must forego their personal integrity in order to survive. Struggling to remain true to themselves and each other proves fruitless; it only leads toward the inevitable. Their world is a godless one where each act of love has devastating repercussions.

With its fierce, dizzying rhythm and inextinguishable supply of energy, Margarit and Margarita can be enormously funny and touching, yet it is primarily a powerful indictment of our modern world.

— Alberto Garcia

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