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I Am David (2003)

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A 12-year-old boy escapes from a Bulgarian Communist concentration camp and sets out on a journey to reach Denmark.

Director:

Paul Feig

Writers:

Anne Holm (novel), Paul Feig (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Tibber ... David
Jim Caviezel ... Johannes
Hristo Shopov Hristo Shopov ... The Man
Roberto Attias Roberto Attias ... Baker
Maria Bonnevie ... David's Mother
Francesco De Vito ... Roberto
Marin Jivkov Marin Jivkov ... Cecha
Shaila Rubin Shaila Rubin ... Vineyard Owner
Robert Syulev Robert Syulev ... Angelo
Elisabetta Bartolomei Elisabetta Bartolomei ... Woman at Party
Krasimir Kutzoparov Krasimir Kutzoparov ... Camp Officer (as Krassimir Kutzuparov)
Krassimir Radkov Krassimir Radkov ... Party Guest
Diyan Machev Diyan Machev ... Party Guest (as Deyan Machev)
Clem Tibber Clem Tibber ... Young David
Adrian McCourt ... David's Father
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Storyline

Twelve-year-old David escapes from a Communist concentration camp with little more than a compass, a sealed letter, a loaf of bread, and instructions to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark. David is thrust into the free world for the first time as he travels across Europe. His spiritual voyage of discovery, where David slowly loses his instinctive mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love, addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the unbreakable spirit of a child. Written by Anonymous

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Believe in the power to change your destiny

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sonho da Liberdade See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,346, 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$284,002, 19 December 2004
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/Director Paul Feig chose to give the character David the gift of quickly assimilating and communicating in new languages in order to avoid subtitling. He believed subtitling the many languages in the film would have distanced the viewers from the story. See more »

Goofs

In the window of the Italian bookstore, the book on display next to the book the protagonist is looking at, is clearly, "Cieli e mari: le grandi crociere degli idrovolanti italiani (1925-1933) / Ranieri Cupini". The first edition by Mursia was in 1973, long after the events in the movie. See more »

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Title Card: In the years after World War II, many people in Eastern Europe were sent to forced labor camps for disagreeing with their new governments. Because of this, families were torn apart. Life in these camps was very harsh, and escape was not an option. And yet, for one boy named David, it was his only hope...
The Man: Are you listening to me? You must escape from here tonight. It's your only chance to stay alive. If you follow my instructions and make it out of the camp. Travel when it's dark to...
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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Si Hora
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Performed by Ion Petre Stoican
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A courageous journey...
21 October 2003 | by Tom_NashvilleSee all my reviews

Pay close attention to young Ben Tibber, who portrays the central character of this film, I Am David. All throughout the film, the mood of the scene is defined just by the expression on his face, especially his eyes, and he can change it in an instant. I watched this young actor in total amazement. We follow David on his solo journey of escape from a brutal communist labor camp to a land very vague in his mind, Denmark. There are many beautiful scenes of colorful villages and towns, fields of sunflowers and sweeping vistas of the hills and valleys that we share with David, in sharp contrast to the horrifying memories of life in the labor camp, that haunts him. Those that helped him escape gave him one primary rule: don't trust anyone! As David travels along the roads to his destiny he meets many characters along the way and we wonder, will he, or should he, trust this person? As the viewer, we desperately want somebody to comfort and assist this wonderful boy. The veteran actress, Joan Plowright, splendidly portrays one of those characters that David encounters; but can he confide in her to help him on his way? The director and screenwriter, Paul Feig, doesn't rush the story, although it does move very quickly at the end. Mostly, he lets us observe David as the boy wisely and carefully analyzes each situation as it develops. The end of the film wraps up nicely with a very surprising and interesting revelation of the storyline. I watched this film at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis and had great expectations upon going in to see it. I was not disappointed. I Am David, is an outstanding film.


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