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22 June 2000 (Germany) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Denis Lavant ... Anton

Chulpan Khamatova ... Eva (as Chulpan Hamatova)
Philippe Clay ... Karl
Terrence Gillespie ... Gregor
Catalina Murgea ... Martha

E.J. Callahan ... Inspector
Djoko Rosic ... Gustav (as Djoko Rossich)
Zlatina Todeva ... Old Woman
Todor Georgiev ... Policeman
Georgi Kishkilov ... Homeless
Petar Evangelatov ... Homeless
Evgeni Jermanov ... Homeless
Blajo Nikolic ... Homeless
Krikor Hugasjan ... Homeless (as Krikor Hugasian)
Alexander Dikov ... Homeless
Yuli Toshev ... Homeless (as July Toshev)
Yordan Bikov ... Homeless (as Jordan Bikov)
Ivo Georgiev ... Chauffeur
Valeri Nikolov ... Trainer
Gaiane Chetchian ... Fat Girl
Victor Kalev ... Delivery Man
Emil Emilov ... Amublance Man
Emanuil Manolov ... Ambulance Man
Lyubomir Farkov ... Mechanic (as Lubomir Furkov)
Aleko Minchev ... Shop Assistant
Asen Kisimov ... Man with Hat
Milcho Popov ... Priest
Valcho Kamarashev ... Sailor
Ivan Andreev ... Sailor
Yuriy Yakovlev ... Sailor (as Iuri Jakovliev)
Dimitr Marin ... Explosive Expert (as Dimitar Marin)
Dobrin Dosev ... Explosive Expert
Simeon Nikolov ... TV-Crew
Teodor Elmazov ... TV-Crew
Naicho Petrov ... Politician (as Naitcho Petrov)
Sotir Maynolovski ... Politician (as Sotir Mainslovski)
Angel Nikolov ... Politician
Peter Petrov ... Politician
Nikola Rudarov ... Politician (as Nikolai Rudarov)
Petar Dimov ... Politician (as Peter Dimov)
Eva Georgieva ... Singer
Stoyna Grueva ... Singer
Liljana Galevska ... Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Gillespie ... Gregor

Directed by
Veit Helmer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michaela Beck  screenplay
Veit Helmer  screenplay
Lyudmila Merdzhanska  screenplay (as Ljudmila Medjanska)

Produced by
Vladimir Andreev .... line producer
Georgi Balkanski .... line producer
Veit Helmer .... producer
Original Music by
Goran Bregovic 
Jürgen Knieper 
Cinematography by
Emil Christov 
Film Editing by
Araksi Muhibyan  (as Araksi Mouhibian)
Production Design by
Alexander Manasse 
Art Direction by
Prolet Spasova  (as Prolet Georgieva)
Costume Design by
Boriana Mintcheva 
Makeup Department
Sofi Hvarleva .... makeup artist (as Sophie Hvurleva)
Production Management
Rousy Lyutskanov .... production manager (as Russi Lutzkanov)
Vladimir Vladimirov .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Boryana Dermendzhieva .... assistant director (as Boriana Dermendjieva)
Art Department
Grigor Bankov .... constructor
Ivan Banov .... miniature construction
Iossif Bojilov .... trainee
Bozhidar Bozhilov .... constructor
Lidia Dimitrova .... miniature painter
Rozina Metodieva .... trainee
Nacho Mihailov .... miniature construction
Lazar Miladinov .... constructor
Mihail Nikolic .... trainee
Irena Nikolich .... trainee (as Irena Nikolic)
Ivana Nikolich .... trainee (as Ivana Nikolic)
Christo Petrov .... prop buyer
Ivan Petrov .... set dresser
Ivan Radev .... set dresser
Boris Radovanov .... constructor
Borislav Radovanov .... constructor
Krasimir Raikov .... miniature construction
Stanislava Raikova .... miniature painter
Vladimir Shishkov .... storyboard artist
Vasil Stanchev .... constructor (as Vassil Stanchev)
Stilen Totev .... trainee
Konstantina Vulcheva .... miniature painter
Zhivko Zhelyazkov .... trainee (as Zhivko Zheliazkov)
Yesim Zolan .... prop buyer
Otto Kinzer .... assistant production designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alexander Bachvarov .... foley recordist (as Alexander Batchvarov)
Svetlosar Georgiev .... sound recordist
George Hristov .... foley recordist
Robert Jäger .... sound mixing engineer
Tsvetan Kadiiski .... foley artist (as Tzvetan Kadiyski)
Vladimir Kaloyanov .... foley artist (as Vladimir Kaloianov)
Gunther Kortwich .... sound services
Valery Metodiev .... boom operator (as Valeri Metodiev)
Jörg Theil .... sound designer
Georgi Vladichki .... foley artist (as George Vladitchki)
Alexandra Vogel .... sound editor
Gunther Kortwich .... sound equipment provider (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ivan Ivanov .... pyrotechnician
Peter Shishkov .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Bernhard Huhn .... color grader
Emil Markov .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Anev .... grip
Hristos Arvanitidis .... loader (as Christos Arvanitidis)
Martin Balkanski .... camera trainee
Todor Chtoukov .... gaffer (as Todor Shtoukov)
Nedialko Georgiev .... key grip
Ivan Hubenov .... underwater camera operator
Borislav Krastanov .... electrician
Daniel Laleshov .... electrician
Anton Nakov .... focus puller
Valentin Popov .... electrician
Temelko Temelkov .... still photographer
Stefan Todorov .... underwater camera operator (as Stephan Todorov)
Vladimir Vladov .... electrician
Silvester Yordanov .... photographer: miniature photography (as Silvester Jordanov)
Casting Department
Nathalie Bialobos .... casting: Paris
Ekaterina Dalcalachteva .... casting: Sofia
Tudor Giurgiu .... casting: Bucharest (as Todor Giurgiu)
Lee Ann Groff .... casting: Los Angeles
Alexander Kossev .... casting: Bulgaria
Ioana Maximilian .... casting: Bucharest (as Iana Maximilian)
Olga Suslova .... casting: Moscow
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margarita Dineva .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Julian Minkov .... assistant editor
Location Management
Lyubomir Anev .... location manager (as Ljubomir Anev)
Transportation Department
Boyan Bobev .... driver
Svetlosav Gruncharov .... driver
Peyu Kirchev .... driver
Radosvet Kostov .... driver
Nikolai Mihailov .... driver
Metodi Milushev .... driver
Ognian Peitchev .... driver
Georgi Separevski .... driver
Ivan Stoychev .... driver (as Ivan Stoichev)
Other crew
George Andreev .... trainee
Mila Georgieva .... secretary
Amy R. Gorin .... production coordinator (as Ami Gorin)
David Hudson .... translator
Tanja Kambourova .... translator
Radostina Karalanova .... secretary
Desislava Lazova .... translator
Til Neumann .... legal services
Dimitar Petkov .... translator
Wolfgang W. Werner .... unit publicist
Hristo Bakalski .... special thanks (as Christo Bakalski)
Murat Bilgiç .... special thanks
Wolfgang Braun .... special thanks
Jordanco Cevrevski .... special thanks
Thomas Geyer .... special thanks (as Dr. Thomas Geyer)
Christian Granderath .... special thanks
Zbigniew Gruz .... special thanks
Anja Hermann .... special thanks
Raliza Hofstetter .... special thanks
Jaqueline Jagow .... special thanks
J.P. Johannsen .... special thanks
Viola Jäger .... special thanks
Burçak Kaygun .... special thanks
Klaus Keil .... special thanks (as Prof. Klaus Keil)
Evgeni Mihailov .... special thanks (as Evgeny Mihailov)
Christoph Ott .... special thanks
Didier Perelman .... special thanks
Paul Schwarzman .... special thanks
David Sís .... special thanks
Dinko Tucakovic .... special thanks
Peter Veverka .... special thanks

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101 min | Argentina:107 min | Canada:100 min | Japan:92 min | Taiwan:107 min
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A genre bending film, 13 September 2000
Author: Shiva-11 from Vancouver, BC

I attended the preview screening of "Tuvalu" for one simple reason - it was the first film of the day and fit into my schedule. Having read a brief synopsis of the film, I went in with mixed expectations - the review snippets lauded the film, but could a two-hour black and white film largely bereft of dialogue really be that entertaining? Please pass the crow...

Set in a dilapidated indoor swimming pool (the Central Baths in Sofia), the film details the efforts of Anton, a clueless dreamer who yearns to sail the world, and Martha, the button obsessed cashier, to maintain the illusion for Anton's blind father that business is thriving. Working to sabotage their efforts is Gregor - Anton's brother - an amoral developer who is determined to raze the entire town and construct a sprawling condominium complex. Gregor engineers an accident that seems certain to doom the business and in the process steals away Eva, the beautiful woman of Anton's dreams. Will Gregor's dastardly plan succeed? It is difficult to categorize this film as it refuses to fit neatly within the confines of any particular genre. Taken on its simplest merits it is a slapstick comedy in the tradition of the Marx Brothers, Chaplin and the Keystone Cops. On this level, alone it will satisfy most viewers. A closer examination reveals a beautiful fairly tale with an innocent dreamer fighting to save his world and loved ones from evil. Finally, there is the none- too -subtle rail against the freight train of modernization, particularly relevant in many areas of post-Communist where vast construction projects are radically altering the cityscapes at the expense of history. However, one need look no further that our own city to see this -only recently have serious efforts been made to safeguard heritage buildings in Vancouver - some fear it may already be too late.

Originally filmed in black and white, the stock was laboriously tinted to give the interior shots take a Sepia tone and the exterior shots a muddy turquoise- grey, providing further contrast for the story elements. The visual experience is further enhanced by masterful cinematography, most notably the underwater sequences, which take on a wondrous ethereal quality. The sound engineers have also created a richly diverse auditory realm that meshes uncannily with the onscreen action. Finally, the exaggerated expressiveness of the actors, both emotive and physical keep the action flowing seamlessly.

If you are in search of an unusual, intriguing film, look no further.

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