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Tuvalu -- Magical fairy tale in the vein of City of Lost Children
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Michaela Beck (screenplay)
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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

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 Hristow  (as 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
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
Lyubomir Anev .... location manager (as Ljubomir Anev)
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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly offbeat fairy tale around a swimming pool, 2 June 2000
Author: Sergeiii from Fribourg, Switzerland

I have never been particularly fond of movies with taglines like "a poetic adventure" or "a journey into the land of dreams" stamped on their front, as this kind of advertising is usually nothing more than a weak excuse for the absence of a coherent plot or some in-depth characterization, leaving you in the guess why the filmmakers didn't stick to the painting of aquarelles in the first place. My expectations sank even lower when I understood that there wasn't going to be any dialogue in "Tuvalu", at least not in the proper sense of the term. So this couldn't be more than a soothing eye candy at best; hopefully free from the embarrassing "isn't our imagination a wonderful thing"-moments or the "why can't we all be children forever"-messages that tend to haunt this specific genre.

After a few moments into the film, I was entirely cured from that kind of prejudice. "Tuvalu" surprisingly brings across the magic that is promised on the poster - and it works well for a variety of reasons. First of all, despite the movie's innocent fairy tale character, it isn't coy about adult themes at all (like all good fairy tales, for that matter). We actually even have scenes of violence and nudity, but both are introduced in a very playful and witty manner; in a style which I should consider perfectly suitable for children.

Secondly, "Tuvalu" is hilariously funny, and at times, the humour is pretty far from being tongue-in-cheek... There is a lot of crude slapstick going on, and sometimes the whole movie is close to the coarseness of a Punch and Judy show; but most of the time one just laughs at the sheer originality and inventiveness of the production. Furthermore, the sparse use of words proves to be a great means of comedy as well - the effect is somewhat comparable to the quasi-absence of comprehensible language in Jacques Tati's films, or, for those who have seen it, in "Themroc".

Thirdly, there is always joy in watching talented and charismatic actors under the direction of a talented director and screenwiter. You can tell that everyone involved in the making was perfectly devoted to the project; and this justified euphoria of the makers comes across in almost every scene. They probably knew that they were doing something special, and this is indeed what they have achieved. Additionally, Helmer's use of light and colour is always original, but never distracting; every scene of this movie is simply beautiful to look at. Yes, I should say, imagination is a wonderful thing and it is an utter shame that we can't be children forever.

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