The film is based on the conflict between the Monarch of Bulgaria -Tsar Boris III and general Vladimir Zaimov during the Second World War and discusses different understandings about heroism and self-sacrifice.
The film focuses on the conflict between General Vladimir Zaimov, a fervent patriot and Slavophile, and the Bulgarian tsar Boris III. This is essentially a political and ideological conflict in which are also involved personal motives, affinities and antagonism. Zaimov is opposed to the official policy of the Palace, which intends to drag Bulgaria into the war against the Soviet Union. Though unofficially this step is being postponed, Zaimov - who has secretly been in contact with the Russians - is detained, charged with treason and sentenced to death by a firing squad.Written by
Georgi Djulgerov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Tsar is shown as a contradictory, intensely dramatic personality
The champions of the two irreconcilable moral positions have the authenticity of their real historical prototypes. Naum Shopov as the Tsar has achieved a particularly fine characterization. His interpretation of the character is free of the abstract acting clichés, which are typically used in such roles. On the contrary, the Tsar is shown as a contradictory, intensely dramatic personality impersonating a historical absurdity. With this film one of famous Bulgarian directors Vulo Radev continues to expand the potential of the genre in which spiritual concepts such as historical optimism, love for motherland and the people are realistically translated to the screen
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