PLEASE NOTE: This film will be screened with DUTCH subtitles.
After Tsanko reports the discovery of a garbage bag filled with banknotes to his employer, a failing government minister uses him as a poster boy for integrity. It is the beginning of a black comedy about the rebellion of a little man against the soulless and cynical world in which he lives.
Tsanko is a simple railway worker and responsible for checking the tracks. One day he finds a bag containing a few million in bank notes along the railroad track. He has always been vexed with his corrupt colleagues, so he decides to do the right thing and hands the bag over to the police. As a token of gratitude, the Minister of Transport gives him a watch. The minister seizes Tsanko’s good deed to cover up his own mismanagement and presents the watch to him with much ceremony during a press conference. Tsanko uses that opportunity to express his criticism about the corruption at his workplace, but this is quickly nipped in the bud.
Soon the watch turns out to be defective. Tsanko therefore wants his old watch back, a precious heirloom from his father, which he had given to ambitious Julia, who had organised the press conference. She has trouble finding it quickly, and a desperate struggle ensues to relocate both Tsanko’s watch and his dignity.
Text: Dirk van der Straaten