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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 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 ... 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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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 »

Quotes

Bai Dan: I'm your Grandpa, from Bulgaria. Don't you recognize me? Are you all right? Tell me you are!
Alexander 'Sashko' Georgiev: I don't know if... Please, I... I don't know you...
Bai Dan: Sashe, Sashe... Have a good look. It's me, your Grandpa! I came from home. Remember? I taught you to play backgammon. You remember the song? Backgammon's played by those who can / Backgammon's played by those who can't, too.
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Best film i've ever seen
5 February 2010 | by siemokSee all my reviews

I can not agree with Juan Brujo's review. Everything in the film industry is a cliché. There is nothing new in the ideas , in the illations etc.. But what makes this movie unique is the way that it is presented. This film is an art. It is like an opera, not everybody can understand it and feel it, but it could make you cry or think deeply about the things of your life. So in my opinion the last review is SUPERFICIAL, or the guy who has written it mistook the movie. It definitely deserves an Oscar. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND you to watch it. You will not lose anything, don't be afraid to watch it. It will "touch" you deep inside.


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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 »

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$291,275
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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