The Last Black Sea Pirates / Последните черноморски пирати (Bulgaria, 2013)

directed by Svetoslav Stoyanov, documentary, 72 min, eng subtitles
written by Vanya Rainova

The Last Black Sea Pirates swims in testosterone and rugged tenderness in a land of wilderness and legends, far from civilization. A band of weathered desperados live in a bay, dreaming of hidden loot and a carefree life lived by their own set of rules. There are six of them and each brings a notable skill to the group. Captain Jack the Whale is the leader, Trifon is the philosopher, Stoyan is the silent one, Valyo is the digger, Krasyo is the driver and Nakata is the dynamite. According to legend, Vulchan, a 19th-century gypsy pirate, attacked three convoys laden with gold. He robbed them, sunk them and hid his treasure by the coast. For 20 years, Captain Jack The Whale and his crew have been drinking, dreaming and hunting for a treasure buried in the gully of Karadere, the pristine beach they call their home.
However, the world of the 21st century eventually claims every romantic piece of land, including pirate paradises, and pulls it down in the name of tourist luxury. When news of imminent change begins to find its way to this remote oasis, the pirates' world starts to unravel. Doubts erode the foundations of trust, conflicts brew and tensions begin to rise.

Krakow FF 2013 (FIPRESCI Award)
Underhill Fest 2013, Montenegro (Jury Special Mention)
Golden Apricot IFF 2013, Yerevan (Best Documentary Film)