Everyone has a dream – some people buy lottery tickets, others look for buried treasures. In post-communist Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest country,
the people are digging the land for gold. But what is the real treasure that Marko, Petur and Maria are after?

Suspended in a state of never-ending transition, between the failed pledges of communism and the empty promises of capitalism, Bulgarians look for economic survival and an
escape from a dismal reality. Gold Rush is about people looking for meaning in a country where corruption, loss of values and easy enrichment for the few are now the rule.
Almost every house, every family has a story about buried gold. Old and young people alike brandish old maps, consult fortunetellers, and roll up their sleeves to dig the land.
Whether they are after easy money or chasing a dream, our characters weave out a tragi-comic emotional tapestry where history, myth and reality intertwine.
Grandma Maria has a pot of gold buried in her garden. Her grandson Petur is the first from the family interested in uncovering the mystery. The treasure hunt is a way to
explore his roots, the past and to share intimate moments with his grandmother, a custodian of values and traditions belonging to another world.
Marko is consumed by his passion for hunting treasures. He has been looking for 34 years, undeterred by the fact that it’s illegal and dangerous. Time is running out on him.
While his belief that the aliens want the gold might be far-fetched, the fact that his creditors are near is real.
Gold Rush is about authenticity, the resilience and warmth of the people, about their struggle and dream for salvation, for a better future. It is a universal quest and the search
for gold is a metaphor for not only the dreams and aspirations of Bulgarians, but for everyone.