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The Boy Who Was a King (2011)

Explores the strange history of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who became Bulgaria's tsar at age 6, then was exiled during years of communism and returned to be elected Prime Minister.



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Simeón de Bulgaria ...
Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela ...


At the age of six, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha received the first phone call of his life, informing him of his father's sudden death and his birthright to become Tsar of Bulgaria. Only three years later, the nine-year-old king was overthrown by communist dissenters and he and his family were exiled from the country. Fifty years passed before the communist regime collapsed and Simeon was allowed to return home. Crowds cheered, 'We want our King!', even though the title no longer existed. Simeon created a new political party and won a landslide majority to become the Prime Minister of Bulgaria in 2001. But it was a difficult period of transition for a country with eighty per cent unemployment. In four years, Simeon would find himself in a sort of exile again: this time from the favor of the nation that had celebrated his return. Written by TIFF

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14 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Chlopiec, który zostal carem  »

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Unique & funny!
1 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Cool documentary! Unique & funny. It's like a historic doc. gone wild. I don't think I ever seen anything quite like it. It's a must for all film buffs and fans of smart and odd films. Beware: will leave lasting mind boggling impressions. The ex-king's story is in his words a simply "circumstantial" series of unexpected events in the fairytale of life. From king to exile and back to failed prime minister of Bulgaria -this picture is such a royal trip, a unique story told in ingenious way with all kinds of fun narrative moves. People are cheering during some episodes- seriously! Very nice work guys, hope you have a nice run with this flick.

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