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Valkanizater (1997)

Two friends from a small Greek town travel to Bulgaria and Switzerland, hoping they can gain money from the difference in foreign exchange rates.

Director:

Sotiris Goritsas

Writers:

Sotiris Goritsas, Sakis Totlis (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gerasimos Skiadaressis ... Stavros
Stelios Mainas ... Fotis
Katharina Zapatka Katharina Zapatka ... Greta
Lena Sabine Berg Lena Sabine Berg ... Marion (as Sabine Berg)
Yiota Festa Yiota Festa ... Eleni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bakolas George Bakolas
Bernhard Bettermann Bernhard Bettermann ... Bank Assistant
Menelaos Daflos Menelaos Daflos ... Elias
Merantzoula Delinikola Merantzoula Delinikola
Ewald Dunnenberger Ewald Dunnenberger
Meletis Georgiadis ... Turkish Driver
Ivaylo Geraskov Ivaylo Geraskov
Thanos Grammenos ... Kristo Kitsou
Vassilis Halakatevakis Vassilis Halakatevakis ... Makis
Bessy Malfa Bessy Malfa ... Girl with Fotis
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Two friends from a small Greek town travel to Bulgaria and Switzerland, hoping they can gain money from the difference in foreign exchange rates.

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Release Date:

16 April 1997 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Balkan Express See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Hrei palia
Performed by Giannis Kotsiras
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u don't have to like Angelopoulos to dig this one!
1 June 1999 | by naxashSee all my reviews

Yes it's true - Greece is not only country of origin of the excellent, but rather hard core art movies made by the auteur par excellence, Theo Angelopoulos: Valkanizater by Sotiris Goritsa is a very funny comedy that also has something to say about the chauvinism of both Greeks and Swiss people. But in the end, reason triumphs over nationalism. But even nationalism, horrible though it is, is funny in this film when one of the main characters complains about the lousy work that the monks Kyrillos and Methodios performed in Bulgaria. He also asks a Bulgarian guy named Vasili whether he's Greek, and he thoroughly misinterprets his answer: "ne" means NO in Bulgarian, but YES in Greek. But in the end, unity triumphs over nationalism: in Switzerland, a Turk helps the main characters. In the next village, two brothers argue about whether to help them, one wants to help them but take money from them, but in the end the more xenophile brother helps them for free.


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