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Balkanisateur (1997)

Valkanizater (original title)
Two friends from a small Greek town travel to Bulgaria and Switzerland, hoping they can gain money from the difference in foreign exchange rates.



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Credited cast:
Yiota Festa ...
Katharina Zapatka ...
Lena Sabine Berg ...
Marion (as Sabine Berg)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bakolas
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Bank Assistant
Menelaos Daflos
Merantzoula Delinikola
Ewald Dunnenberger
Meletis Georgiadis
Ivaylo Geraskov
Thanos Grammenos
Vassilis Halakatevakis
Bessy Malfa


Two friends from a small Greek town travel to Bulgaria and Switzerland, hoping they can gain money from the difference in foreign exchange rates.

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Release Date:

16 April 1997 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Balkan Express  »

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u don't have to like Angelopoulos to dig this one!
1 June 1999 | by (Basel) – See all my reviews

Yes it's true - Greece is not only country of origin of the excellent, but rather hard core art movies made by the auteur par excellence, Theo Angelopoulos: Valkanizater by Sotiris Goritsa is a very funny comedy that also has something to say about the chauvinism of both Greeks and Swiss people. But in the end, reason triumphs over nationalism. But even nationalism, horrible though it is, is funny in this film when one of the main characters complains about the lousy work that the monks Kyrillos and Methodios performed in Bulgaria. He also asks a Bulgarian guy named Vasili whether he's Greek, and he thoroughly misinterprets his answer: "ne" means NO in Bulgarian, but YES in Greek. But in the end, unity triumphs over nationalism: in Switzerland, a Turk helps the main characters. In the next village, two brothers argue about whether to help them, one wants to help them but take money from them, but in the end the more xenophile brother helps them for free.

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