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The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)

Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (original title)
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 »
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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 ... Stoyan
Alexander Doynov Alexander Doynov ... Backgammon player
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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>

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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 »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,905
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Bulgaria for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010. See more »

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

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The Film has emotional value
16 March 2010 | by vanya_mailSee all my reviews

To Hans Grob and all people that come from Western Europe - it is absolutely understandable why you would never appreciate a film like this - you have never lived in a Communist Country, you don't know what it's like and you probably don't understand the whole idea of the film that well... Mr Hans Grob, the old man in the film that you talking about is not the boy's uncle, it is his Grandfather!

This film may not be a master piece but it definitely has emotional value for Eastern Europeans who have experienced the Communist Regime! It describes the life and the people back then adequately and all facts represent true stories from people's lives! Actors emotions and reactions in the film are very close to what one Bulgarian would say or do so I find the film very realistic and definitely the best productions made by Bulgarians after 1989.


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