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Otkradnati ochi (2005)

This is a story of strange, impossible, inexplicable love between a Muslim Turk woman and a non-Muslim Bulgarian man. Ivan (the Bulgarian) is a pure and romantic young fellow, who gets ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vesela Kazakova Vesela Kazakova ... Ayten
Valeri Yordanov ... Ivan
Nejat Isler ... Bratat / Brother
Itschak Fintzi ... Dyadoto / Grandfather (as Itzhak Finzi)
Iliana Kitanova Iliana Kitanova ... Lekarkata / Lady doctor
Stoyan Aleksiev Stoyan Aleksiev ... Ofitzer ot DS / KGB police officer
Maria Kavardjikova ... Valya "kosmonavtkata" / Valya "space woman"
Maria Statulova Maria Statulova ... Selyanka / Peasant woman (as Maria Statoulova)
Deyan Donkov Deyan Donkov ... Oficer ot spetzialnite voyski / Special forces'officer
Djoko Rosic Djoko Rosic ... Krachmar / Tavern-keeper
Anani Yavashev Anani Yavashev ... Kmetat / Mayor
Veliko Stoianov Veliko Stoianov ... Shofyor / Driver
Nikolai Urumov Nikolai Urumov ... Doktor / Doctor
Veselin Rankov Veselin Rankov ... Doktor / Doctor
Rangel Vulchanov Rangel Vulchanov ... Lud / Insane man


This is a story of strange, impossible, inexplicable love between a Muslim Turk woman and a non-Muslim Bulgarian man. Ivan (the Bulgarian) is a pure and romantic young fellow, who gets caught up in the so-called "regeneration process" (when ethnic Turks' names were forcibly changed to Bulgarian ones). He is responsible for the official seals, which is required to issue the new identity documents after the forced name changes. The schoolteacher Ayten tries to steal the seals, thinking that this way she can slow down the ethnic genocide. Their unexpected and unusual meeting brings these two characters together and makes them fell close, forcing Ivan to take a fateful decision -he must either "rename" Ayten, or face the consequences if he does not. Later on fate bring them together once again. Ayten's small child is killed during an action by the special forces. Ivan, who has been among the main participants of this action is paralyzed with shock. The security forces decide to "erase" ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Drama | History




Bulgaria | Turkey


Bulgarian | Turkish

Release Date:

November 2005 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Ellopott szemek See more »

Filming Locations:

Tuhovishta, Satovcha, Bulgaria See more »


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BGL 60,000 (estimated)
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Gala Film,Yaka Film See more »
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Did You Know?


Official submission of Bulgaria for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. See more »


References Closely Watched Trains (1966) See more »

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A story between a Bulgarian Turkish woman and a Bulgarian man
12 July 2006 | by geza-zsigmondSee all my reviews

It is not true that one shouldn't say it is a Turkish woman and a Bulgarian man even if they both live in Bulgaria. It is nonsense that if you live in Bulgaria than you should not be called Turkish: a large Turkish minority lives in Bulgaria and the problem starts when they are not allowed to call themselves Turks. That is false "pacifism". It ignores the natural cultural background of the ethnic minority and it was/is the problem of both the communist and the post-communist Bulgaria. In this way this film is more than simply a story about a Muslim and a non-Muslim but also about two people from two different ethnic groups. This makes the film even more valuable.

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