The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)
"Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade" (original title)

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The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey in search of his real self.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bai Dan (as Miki Manojlovic)
Carlo Ljubek ...
Alexander 'Sashko' Georgiev
Hristo Mutafchiev ...
Vasil 'Vasko' Georgiev
Ana Papadopulu ...
Yana Georgieva
Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva ...
Baba Sladka
Nikolai Urumov ...
State Security Agent
Blagovest Mutafchiev ...
Alexander 'Sashko' Georgiev as child
Vasil Vasilev-Zueka ...
Ivo Chikagoto
Heinz-Josef Braun ...
Dr. Schreiber (as Heinz Josef Braun)
Erden Alkan ...
Pavel Popandov ...
Cafe owner
Georgi Kadurin ...
Stefan Valdobrev ...
Alexander Doynov ...
Backgammon player


What's in a game? For a young man, who has left his country behind, lost his memory and forgotten his love, the game might be the only way out. This is a story about a Bulgarian boy who grows up to be a German man. After a car accident Alex can't remember even what his name is. In an attempt to cure him from amnesia, his grandfather Bai Dan comes over to Germany and organizes a spiritual journey for his grandson back into his past, to the country where he came from. In changing places, time and transport, crossing half Europe, they play backgammon, the simplest, and yet the most complex of all games. That game leads Alex to the realizations of who he is, and that game is symbolic to the story. Destiny is the dice we hold in our own hands and life is a game on the edge between chance and skill. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <>

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Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Bulgaria)  »

Also Known As:

A világ nagy és a megváltás a sarkon ólálkodik  »

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1.66 : 1
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22 April 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Been from Bulgaria, knowing the country, the traditions, the mentality of the people I can tell, that it was great and honest acting - just as you could meet the people and their spirit in the streets.

To my luck, I live in Germany and can also identity and totally understand and even see some of my own experience, feelings and everything the characters are going through on the silver screen as I did myself in the most realistic, authentic and beautifully possible way by settling to an other country. Not only having this background - and even the same name, as the main character Alex - this movie can touch your heart.

Knowing some current Bulgarian movies - in my opinion - this is definitely THE best movie of the past few years. Honestly, I cannot remember anything more touching form any country for some past time. I had wet eyes during some scenes - either it was from laughing or from really deep emotion.

This movie deserves watching.

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