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Time of Violence (1988)

Vreme na nasilie (original title)
In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is... See full summary »

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Momchil (as Momchil Karamitev)
Rousy Chanev ...
The Priest, pop Aligorko
Ivan Krystev ...
Manol
Anya Pencheva ...
Sevda
Walter Toschi ...
Venetzianetza (as Valter Toski)
Vassil Mihajlov ...
Syuleyman aga
Kalina Stefanova ...
Elitza
Iossif Surchadzhiev ...
Karaibrahim
Konstantin Kotsev ...
Karaibrahim's father dyado Galushko
Stoyko Peev ...
Goran
Bogomil Simeonov ...
Ismail bey
Djoko Rosic ...
Karahasan
Velko Kynev ...
Velikiyat vezir
Stefka Berova ...
Gyulfie
Angel Ivanov ...
Mircho
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In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is sent to force the reluctant inhabitants to convert. The Turkish governor seeks a peaceful solution, but ultimately torture, violence, and rebellion break out. Written by Peter Reiher

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28 March 1988 (Bulgaria)  »

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The official Bulgarian submission to the 1990 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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When the Bulgarian people are facing the Ottoman army you can see two people wearing electronic watches. See more »

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Referenced in The Way Back (2010) See more »

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A true classic
14 February 2009 | by (Sofia, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

The movie is indeed one of the biggest Bulgarian classics. As they say, if you're Bulgarian, you must have watched it. And if your heart doesn't tremble when you watch it, you're not a Bulgarian.

On the other hand, I like very much one quote from one of its resumes: "The film is painted on a large, sweeping canvas, with many characters and subplots, all cleverly woven into a single story. And, surprisingly, this isn't a "vile Turk" story. Director Ludmil Staikov has much more ambitious goals, including an examination of the power of religion and of the destructiveness of violence and fanaticism. Not all of the Christians are good, nor all of the Muslims bad." And I agree with this, the movie is not black and white - neither in real colour, nor in character's colour. Even the "most evil characters" have their inner struggles and their reasons, while even the "nicest characters" have their flaws and weaknesses. Like all human beings...

So, the script is great, the acting is great, the music is touching, the scenery is magnificent - no wonder this is one of the very few Bulgarian movies (if not the only one), which have foreign subtitles in its DVD set.

P.S. Indeed, the movie is definitely not for minors, not only because of the scenes of violence, but also because they would hardly understand its true meaning.


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