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The Color of the Chameleon (2012)

Cvetat na hameleona (original title)
Batko becomes the spider in his own invisible web of informants by recruiting a group of intellectuals to spy on each other. He builds his own secret archive. After the fall of communism, he uses it to wreak havoc on the government.


Emil Christov (as Emil Hristow)
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Credited cast:
Lilia Abadjieva Lilia Abadjieva ... Pravda Cherneva
Kasiel Noah Asher Kasiel Noah Asher ... Radostina Polyanska (as Desa Krasova)
Mihail Bilalov Mihail Bilalov ... Aleko Polyanski
Rousy Chanev Rousy Chanev ... Mlyakov
Deyan Donkov Deyan Donkov ... Kokalov
Samuel Finzi ... Chamov
Hristo Garbov Hristo Garbov ... The Minister of Interior
Vassilena Getschkova Vassilena Getschkova ... Diana Manolova
Vasilena Getskova Vasilena Getskova ... Diana Manolova
Iordanka Ioveva Iordanka Ioveva ... Tribadzhakova
Lachezar Katzarski Lachezar Katzarski ... Somov
Irena Miliankova Irena Miliankova ... Girl
Mihail Mutafov Mihail Mutafov ... Etcher
Dimitar Ratchkov Dimitar Ratchkov ... Mochurov
Vladislav Todorov Vladislav Todorov ... Limo Driver


Batko becomes a secret-police informant. He performs his duties with great zeal, and yet he is unduly dismissed. His ego is badly hurt. His experience with clandestine work makes him realize a simple fact - the system of the political police is flawed by nature. Secrecy is both, its power and weakness. The system depends on the presumed authenticity of the agents and recruitment of informants based on fear. The operations of the secret police could be imitated by rogue individuals posing as agents. Batko creates a phantom secret-police department - a back door in the matrix of political control. He becomes the spider in his own web of informants by recruiting a group of intellectuals to spy on each other. He builds his own secret archive. After the fall of communism, Batko uses it to wreak havoc on the government. This is a dark political comedy. A self-styled secret agent engineers a fake political institution that replicates and mocks the omnipotent system of the secret police. A ... Written by Vladislav Todorov

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A maniacal informant creates a phantom secret-police department.


Comedy | Drama | Thriller


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Extremely stupid film...
11 September 2014 | by absnetaSee all my reviews

It's total waste of time, watching this film. Wonder who wasted his money to produce this film? I couldn't god bored of the film after the 10th minute.

It's not the problem only the script, but the man who tried to direct, doesn't have a clue what is to be a director.

Waste of time, watching this film.

Everyone who has camera now call himself a director.

But this film looks like is shot by a teenager.

This man has to learn who to direct, then try to make film. Going to a film school or reading some specialized books is a good start.

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Release Date:

5 April 2013 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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