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Bal-Can-Can (2005)

Bal-Kan-Kan (original title)
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A Macedonian military deserter and his Italian blood-brother are searching for a dead grandmother wrapped up in a stolen carpet, all over the Balkan's criminal underworld.


Darko Mitrevski


Darko Mitrevski
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vlado Jovanovski Vlado Jovanovski ... Trendafil Karanfilov
Adolfo Margiotta Adolfo Margiotta ... Santino Genovese
Zvezda Angelovska Zvezda Angelovska ... Ruza Karanfilova
Branko Djuric ... Sefket Ramadani
Antonella Troise Antonella Troise ... Lara
Jelisaveta 'Seka' Sablic Jelisaveta 'Seka' Sablic ... Zumbula (as Seka Sabljic)
Toni Mihajlovski ... Dzango Sapun
Emil Ruben Emil Ruben ... Dr. Safarafov
Miodrag Krivokapic Miodrag Krivokapic ... Veselin Kabadajic
Petre Arsovski Petre Arsovski ... The Gravedigger (as Petar Arsovski)
Goran Ilic Goran Ilic ... The Policeman
Petar Bozovic Petar Bozovic ... Savo
Dejan Acimovic Dejan Acimovic ... Mate Prkacin
Nikola Kojo ... Osman Rizvanbegovic
Vasko Todorov Vasko Todorov ... Vitomir


A Macedonian military deserter and his Italian blood-brother are searching for a dead grandmother wrapped up in a stolen carpet, all over the Balkan's criminal underworld.

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Laughter, Tears, Fear, Passion... And a Granny Wrapped In a Carpet!


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The main villain of the movie, Sefket Ramadani, is named after a fictional mobster from "Hadzija il' Bos", a popular song by "Zabranjeno Pusenje". Also, the first words that Ramadani speaks are taken from the song: "Posao je dobar, a para laka!" ("The job is good, and the money is easy"). See more »


Referenced in Cowboy (2017) See more »


Baba Zumbula
Lyrics by Darko Mitrevski
Composed and Arranged by Kiril Dzajkovski
Vocal by Vlada Divljan
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Everything for fatherland!
23 January 2007 | by sttanislavSee all my reviews


Ruza and her husband Trendafil Karanfilov live together with "baba Zumbula" (granny Zumbula). Even though they have names like flowers, their life is no picnic. They can hardly afford the food for a food fight. But they have even bigger problem; the war is starting in their country.

As much as they are unhappy with the war, their neighbor Dzango Sapun couldn't be more happier. Under his slogan "For fatherland everything!" Dzango tries to enroll Trendafil into the army. Trendafil is not much of a military man. So he and his wife are planning to escape to neighboring Bulgaria. During the escape baba Zumbula dies, and what's even worse her body is missing. Now, Trendafil is on the journey, trying to find the missing granny. At his side is Santino Genovese. Santino has never met Trendafil before, but he is helping in an attempt to repay his father's debt to Trendafil's father.

Movie uses stereotypes about people in neighboring Balkan countries to tell the story of their journey. And the stereotype are used in a rather funny way. My favorite was a "businessman" (war criminal) from Belgrade who goes jogging while shooting from his gun and with an orchestra behind him.

If you aren't familiar with situation in ex-Yugoslavia you are going to miss some points of the movie, but still; worth watching.


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11 October 2005 (Croatia) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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