The Good Postman

Finland, Bulgaria, 2016, 80 min.


Tonislav Hristov


Kaarle Aho,
Kai Nordberg


Tonislav Hristov,
Lubomir Tsvetkov

Rights Holder



Orlin Ruevski


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A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly Bulgarians is deciding the future of Europe. Postman Ivan has a new political vision. He decides to run for mayor to bring the dying village to  life by welcoming refugees. His opponents want either to  close their eyes or close down the border and reintroduce Communism. Busy on the campaign trail while delivering the mail, Ivan soon learns that while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter.

2017 Burgas IFF (Bulgaria) – Best Documentary
Valletta FF (Malta) – Best Documentary
Millenium IDFF (Belgium) – Objectif d’or
Tampere IFF (Finland) – Special Prize
IFF and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) (Switzerland) – Youth Jury Prize
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Tonislav Hristov

Born in 1978 in Bulgaria, now based in Finland and Bulgaria. He directed his first documentary FAMILY FORTUNE (2008) for YLE and the Bulgarian National Television. His feature debut RULES OF SINGLE LIFE (2011) found its way into both Finnish and Bulgarian distribution, winning Best Documentary Award at the Sofia IFF and screening at a variety of other festivals. Hristov’s next three projects earned him great success and a rich festival career.

Selected filmography

2016 The Good Postman

2011 Rules of Single Life