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Balkanisateur (1997)
"Valkanizater" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  16 April 1997 (Greece)
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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 ...
Eleni
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Stavros
Stelios Mainas ...
Fotis
Katharina Zapatka ...
Greta
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
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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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Balkan Express  »

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Performed by Yannis Kotsiras
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Amusing but requiring familiarity with the area
26 November 1998 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I personally liked the film, but I think it needs some intimate knowledge of northern Greek culture (e.g. to understand football-related jokes), and of the current "economic and cultural" exchange with Greece's northern neighbour Bulgaria (e.g. the 100s of "night-clubs" with Bulgarian dancers that have appeared in Greece during the past 5 years) to appreciate its fine points. Although it has been a mega-hit in Greece last year I doubt if it can become a success elsewhere. Anyway, my impression is that it accurately describes a lot of elements of contemporary Balkan mentality (if there is such a thing) and is amusing to watch.


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