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by Stephan Komandarev


The 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.

international title: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner
original title: Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade
country: Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia
sales agent: m-appeal
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Stephan Komandarev
film run: 105'
release date: BG 10/10/2008, PL 20/03/2009, SI 05/05/2009, AT 25/09/2009, DE 01/10/2009, FR 09/06/2010, PT 25/11/2010, ES 29/07/2011
screenplay: Yurii Dachev, Dusan Milic, Stephan Komandarev, Ilija Trojanov
cast: Miki Manojlović, Carlo Ljubek, Hristo Mutafchiev, Ana Papadopulu, Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva, Nikolai Urumov, Blagovest Mutafchiev
cinematography by: Emil Christov
film editing: Nina Altaparmakova
art director: Anastas Yanakiev
producer: Stefan Kitanov, Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, András Muhi
production: RFF International, Pallas Film GmbH, Inforg-M&M Film, Bntv, Vertigo
backing: Euroimages
distributor: Art Fest Film Distribution, Solopan, Polyfilm Verleih, Arsenal Filmverleih, Epicentre Films, Atalanta Filmes, Pirámide Films Distribución

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