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The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)

Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (original title)
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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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
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Maria
Heinz-Josef Braun ...
Dr. Schreiber (as Heinz Josef Braun)
Erden Alkan ...
Turk
Pavel Popandov ...
Cafe owner
Georgi Kadurin ...
Sforza
Stefan Valdobrev ...
Stoyan
Alexander Doynov ...
Backgammon player
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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 <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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10 October 2008 (Bulgaria)  »

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A világ nagy és a megváltás a sarkon ólálkodik  »

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The world truly is big and salvation does lurk around the corner...
28 February 2010 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I think that Bulgarian cinema is the one I'm the least familiar with; I'm not sure I've seen more than a couple of films from Bulgaria. And yet, here you have this movie practically no one knows and it's a masterpiece. Everything about it is just so breathtakingly beautiful. The characters are so frank it's unbelievable, they find themselves gradually, and at the end you hold your breath expecting to see what is going to happen.

If this were a Hollywood film, I'm pretty certain it would be awful. There are elements in this film that are clichés - but this is where powerful film-making comes into play; you can exploit a cliché in such a way so as to make it a staggeringly original statement.

And even if many times for many of us, it doesn't really seem as though the world is big salvation lurks around the corner, this movie effortlessly makes you believe it does, and that's enough of a reason to watch it.


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