Bulgaria Nominates Spy Comedy for Foreign Language OscarCulture | September 3, 2013, Tuesday // 14:20| views
Rushi Vidinliev as Batko in the Bulgarian film, The Colour of the Chameleon. Photo by FNC
Spy comedy “The Color of the Chameleon” of director Emil Hristov has been selected as Bulgaria’s nominee for the upcoming Annual Academy Awards' foreign-language category.
"The Color of the Chameleon" centers on misfit youth turned engraving plant employee Batko Stamenov (codename: Marzipan), who is recruited by the secret police to infiltrate a book reading group.
“A darkly comic and compelling tale of a rogue Communist-era agent who builds a parallel spy network after his dismissal from state service, Hristov's directorial debut reflects his long experience as a cinematographer,” The Hollywood Reporter says about the move.
The film screened in the Discovery section at last year's Toronto festival and picked up a special mention at Thessaloniki.