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Journey to Jerusalem (2003)

Patuvane kam Yerusalim (original title)
Two German-Jewish children flee Nazi Germany in the early 1940s and try to escape to Palestine via Bulgaria. When their uncle dies during the journey, they are taken in by a troupe of travelling performers.


Ivan Nichev (as Ivan Nitchev)


Yurii Dachev




Credited cast:
Elena Petrova Elena Petrova
Aleksandr Morfov Aleksandr Morfov
Vasil Vasilev-Zueka Vasil Vasilev-Zueka
Tatyana Lolova Tatyana Lolova
Georgi Rusev Georgi Rusev
Reni Vrangova Reni Vrangova
Hristo Garbov Hristo Garbov
Georgy Georgiev Georgy Georgiev ... David
Simona Staykova Simona Staykova ... Elza
Kitodar Todorov Kitodar Todorov
Nikolai Urumov Nikolai Urumov ... Rodolubeca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Evgeni Budinov ... Legioner
Julian Vergov ... Goran


Two kids, German Jews accompanied by an old uncle are trying to escape from the raging fascists towards the land of their ancestors - Palestine. The have to reach Istanbul by train and then to proceed on board a ship. The sudden death of the uncle is the reason why the brother and sister instead in Istanbul find themselves at Sofia railway station. Destiny has prepared the two children to meet a itinerant troupe. Shabby hotel rooms, jalopy buses, 'tremendous artistic success' and constant shortage of money mark their days as in colorful merry-go-round. Sofia, Plovdiv, Shumen and at last Varna, the town they were dreaming for. The poor members of the troupe as one put pawn the very last they have in order to pay the access of two children abroad. They will suffer waving them 'good bye' but they are happy as well for the good deed achieved - to help your fellowmen in danger. Bulgaria managed to rescue all its Jewish origin - over 50,000 people - during WWII. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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War | Drama




Bulgaria | Germany | France


Bulgarian | German

Release Date:

23 June 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to Jerusalem See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


Box Office


BGL 1,300,000 (estimated)
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The official Bulgarian submission to the 2004 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Great Movie
20 November 2009 | by manuel-tapia-caroSee all my reviews

I Just saw 2 Bulgarian Movies and a really impress about it. Jorney to Jerusalem is my favorite at this time, the have a good drama flow, i didn't find big error, i'll like more knowledge places from the cities like the Zift Movie where you can see the Party House the Public Bathrooms & extinct mausoleum. The use of Bulgarian and Germany language was good, i like when the director use the original languages. the music is very good, but i would liked more background music some part are to quiet, the sound have a very good quality, i love the sound who was sing it by Zara in the first hotel in Sofia when the German consult meet her.

I hope see more Bulgarian movie in a short term.


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