8.1/10
5,301
20 user 26 critic

Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (2008)

The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey in search of his real self.

Director:

Stephan Komandarev

Writers:

Yurii Dachev (screenplay), Stephan Komandarev (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Judgment (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A father and a son live in a poor area, near the Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek border.

Director: Stephan Komandarev
Stars: Assen Blatechki, Ovanes Torosian, Ina Nikolova
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

At the airport, Slavi tells his life's story to a young customs officer. As children, Nelly promises Slavi to marry him. The two teenagers are passionately in love with each other but after... See full summary »

Director: Ivaylo Hristov
Stars: Ivan Barnev, Yana Titova, Assen Blatechki
Zift (2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien ... See full summary »

Director: Javor Gardev
Stars: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A concert to celebrate Bulgaria joining the EU is being planned at the Embassy in London and it is the job of VARADIN, the new ambassador, to ensure the Queen attends. But with corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Dimitar Mitovski
Stars: Alan Ford, Ralph Brown, Tomas Arana
Tilt II (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

TILT is a love story set against the backdrop of the changing political and social environment in Europe in the late 1980s and early '90s. Can this love survive the challenges of emigration... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Chouchkov
Stars: Yavor Baharov, Radina Kardjilova, Ovanes Torosian
Love.net (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Follows the parallel stories of a number of characters who are trying to change their lives via the Internet or are simply having fun online.

Director: Ilian Djevelekov
Stars: Hristo Shopov, Zachary Baharov, Lilia Marvilya
Posoki (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Multiple stories of taxi drivers while they work one night.

Director: Stephan Komandarev
Stars: Haralan Alexandrov, Dimitar Banenkin, Vasil Banov
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through Georgi (a juvenile) and Itso (an adult), we take a quick glance (about one and a half hour quick) at what happens in post cold-war Bulgaria.

Director: Kamen Kalev
Stars: Christo Christov, Ovanes Torosian, Saadet Aksoy
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Group of friends meet again, 13 years after their prom because of a problem of one of them, and face the opportunity to experience the things in life they have always put aside in life so far.

Director: Niki Iliev
Stars: Orlin Pavlov, Niki Iliev, Sanya Borisova
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Operation Shmenti Capelli is one of the most unique filmmaking stories in Bulgaria during the last twenty years. The long awaited eccentric comedy is a personal dream of popular Bulgarian ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Mitov
Stars: Delly Allen, Harry Anichkin, Zachary Baharov
Vchera (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

The 1960s was the time of Beatles and Rolling Stones, the time of sexual revolution. These events have their echo in Bulgarian English-learning school. The school order provokes a protest of the students due to the narrow-minded teachers.

Director: Ivan Andonov
Stars: Hristo Shopov, Georgi Staykov, Sofiya Kuzeva
Karatsi (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Elena, Koko, Patso and Gosho are high school students in a small provincial town. Koko is in love with Elena. The girl wants to be a singer. She is really excited about the visiting concert... See full summary »

Director: Ivaylo Hristov
Stars: Elena Telbis, Deyan Donkov, Ovanes Torosian
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Bai Dan (as Miki Manojlovic)
Carlo Ljubek ... Alexander 'Sashko' Georgiev
Hristo Mutafchiev Hristo Mutafchiev ... Vasil 'Vasko' Georgiev
Ana Papadopulu Ana Papadopulu ... Yana Georgieva
Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva ... Baba Sladka
Nikolai Urumov Nikolai Urumov ... State Security Agent
Blagovest Mutafchiev Blagovest Mutafchiev ... Alexander 'Sashko' Georgiev as child
Vasil Vasilev-Zueka Vasil Vasilev-Zueka ... Ivo Chikagoto
Dorka Gryllus Dorka Gryllus ... Maria
Heinz-Josef Braun Heinz-Josef Braun ... Dr. Schreiber (as Heinz Josef Braun)
Erden Alkan Erden Alkan ... Turk
Pavel Popandov Pavel Popandov ... Cafe owner
Georgi Kadurin Georgi Kadurin ... Sforza
Stefan Valdobrev Stefan Valdobrev ... Stoyan
Alexander Doynov Alexander Doynov ... Backgammon player
Edit

Storyline

What's in a game? For a young man, who has left his country behind, lost his memory and forgotten his love, the game might be the only way out. This is a story about a Bulgarian boy who grows up to be a German man. After a car accident Alex can't remember even what his name is. In an attempt to cure him from amnesia, his grandfather Bai Dan comes over to Germany and organizes a spiritual journey for his grandson back into his past, to the country where he came from. In changing places, time and transport, crossing half Europe, they play backgammon, the simplest, and yet the most complex of all games. That game leads Alex to the realizations of who he is, and that game is symbolic to the story. Destiny is the dice we hold in our own hands and life is a game on the edge between chance and skill. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner See more »

Filming Locations:

Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bulgaria's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. Made the shortlist of 9 films. See more »

Goofs

It's very unlikely that both cables to brake the bike would break away at once. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good movie.
6 May 2010 | by noxidogSee all my reviews

Let me open with a few relevant personal facts. I am a Bulgarian who immigrated to America with my parents around the age of nine. Initially we stayed at an immigration camp in Italy. Essentially, I have experienced the journey of the young kid.

Based on my personal experience, I think the movie contained quite a few overstatements of facts like the people staying in the camp 3-4 years while their documents were being processed, or the somewhat overstated communist reality in Bulgaria at the time. Among these exaggerations, there were quite a few things that were very accurate however. For example immigrants (profugas) were pretty much fed pasta - most of the time without any sauce - while the UN paid something like $50 per day per immigrant to the camp. This amount would have enabled us to live much better had it been given directly to us.

Thinking about these exaggerations, I am somewhat ready to forgive the makers for resorting to them, since they did amplify the ideas that were being conveyed. Emotions such as the paralyzing fear of the uncertainty ahead that gnawed at every immigrant's soul aren't easily expressed without relying on parable to some degree. Perhaps a more seasoned film maker would have toned things down, but likely not.

I did find a few somewhat pointless episodes like the love scene with the singer, which did nothing for me other than sweeten the happy end. Also I think the movie would have been better served if the Sashko's past hadn't been erased through the use of a somewhat brutally cliché device like the car crash, but through a more psychological one like the dissolution of his parents' marriage or such.

All in all - as other reviewers have posted - although the movie has a number of clichés, it uses them constructively. Rather than deafening or turning off the viewer, the clichés tend to amplify the message to a level that it becomes clearer.

Basically the movie works.


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed