Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade

The world is big and salvation lurks around the corner

  • Fiction Film
  • 105’
drama
  • 2008
  • Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Serbia

Socialist Bulgaria, September 1976. In a caffe, a gambling den, Bai Dan is playing the game of his life. He throws a winning combination and is crowned king of backgammon. In the maternity ward his grandson Aleks draws his first breath. In the early eighties Dan’s daughter Jana, her husband Vasko and son Aleks flee to Germany. We return to the present, it is 2006. The 30-year old Aleks and his now

Socialist Bulgaria, September 1976. In a caffe, a gambling den, Bai Dan is playing the game of his life. He throws a winning combination and is crowned king of backgammon. In the maternity ward his grandson Aleks draws his first breath. In the early eighties Dan’s daughter Jana, her husband Vasko and son Aleks flee to Germany. We return to the present, it is 2006. The 30-year old Aleks and his now elderly parents travel to Bulgaria. In a God-forsaken town, Dan prepare excitedly for their children's visit But instead of a happy reunion, the phone rings and their world caves in. Vasko and Jana have been killed in a car accident; Aleks is in the hospital. Dan travels to Germany. In the hospital, Aleks doesn't recognize his granddad. He’s lost his memory in the accident, and the doctors think he may never recover. He starts playing backgammon with his grandson. As he teaches him the secrets of the game, he also imparts his ideas about life: how to overcome despair and weariness; how to take destiny into your own hands. Granddad Dan takes Aleks out of hospital and they set off for Bulgaria. On this journey, which is also a journey back to the past, Aleks gets his memory back, and with it, the will to live life.

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Premiere
14.03.2008, Sofia International Film Festival, Sofija, Bulgaria
Alternative title
The world is big and salvation lurks around the corner (english)
Svet je velik in rešitev se skriva za vogalom (slovenian)
Genres
drama
Production countries
Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Serbia
Languages
bulgarian, english, german, hungarian, italian, slovenian
Technical data
Aspect ratio
1,66:1 // 5:3
Duration and length
105 minutes / 2880 meters
Colour
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Sound
Dolby SRD
Negative format
film 35mm
Screening formats
film 35mm
Budget
Budget estimate
1,964,651 EUR

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