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Vreme na nasilie (1988)

In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is... See full summary »

Director:

Ludmil Staikov

Writers:

Georgi Danailov, Anton Donchev (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Freeman ... Momchil (as Momchil Karamitev)
Rousy Chanev Rousy Chanev ... The Priest, pop Aligorko
Ivan Krystev Ivan Krystev ... Manol
Anya Pencheva Anya Pencheva ... Sevda
Walter Toschi Walter Toschi ... Venetzianetza (as Valter Toski)
Vassil Mihajlov Vassil Mihajlov ... Syuleyman aga
Kalina Stefanova Kalina Stefanova ... Elitza
Iossif Surchadzhiev Iossif Surchadzhiev ... Karaibrahim
Konstantin Kotsev Konstantin Kotsev ... Karaibrahim's father dyado Galushko
Stoyko Peev Stoyko Peev ... Goran
Bogomil Simeonov Bogomil Simeonov ... Ismail bey
Djoko Rosic Djoko Rosic ... Karahasan
Velko Kynev Velko Kynev ... Velikiyat vezir
Stefka Berova Stefka Berova ... Gyulfie
Angel Ivanov Angel Ivanov ... Mircho
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Storyline

In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is sent to force the reluctant inhabitants to convert. The Turkish governor seeks a peaceful solution, but ultimately torture, violence, and rebellion break out. Written by Peter Reiher

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian

Release Date:

28 March 1988 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Time of Violence See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Production Co:

Boyana Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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The official Bulgarian submission to the 1990 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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When the Bulgarian people are facing the Ottoman army you can see two people wearing electronic watches. See more »

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Referenced in The Way Back (2010) See more »

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Powerful, true to the book
25 December 2003 | by Jiji-3See all my reviews

The movie is very true to the book it's based on, Vreme razdelno (Time of Division) by Anton Donchev, and the casting is near flawless. Very good soundtrack too. Highly recommended.

As to how representative it is of Bulgarian history, I beg to differ from the user who commented before me. The Rhodopa mountains (which is where the movie takes place) are, to this day, populated by Bulgarian "turks," that is, Bulgarians converted to Islam in the 1500-1600 period. Some of them, when interviewed, relate stories (dating back to the period in question and carried across generations) that are very reminiscent of the picture painted by Vreme razdelno. It's no coincidence (or accident) that the book claims to be based on the accounts of two people who witnessed the events described. Anton Donchev did his own bit of extensive research before setting out to write the book (as he usually does, he specializes in the history genre) - what he found out is reflected in the book, and hence the movie. Whether the accounts of those who suffered the conversion to Islam (as retold by their descendants) can be defined as harsh or "historically inaccurate" is obviously a question of perspective. However, the fact remains some of those accounts are what's reflected in the book (and the movie). Claims that they are fiction are, to put it mildly, overblown.


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