THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER

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In Competition

Director:Stephan Komandarev
Script:Stephan Komandarev,Dusan Milic,Yuri Datchev,Ilija Trojanov
Based on the novel by Ilija Trojanow
Camera:Emil Christov
Editor:Nina Altaparmakova
Music:Stefan Valdobrev
Cast:Miki Manojlovic,Carlo Ljubek,Hristo Mutafchiev,Ana Papadopulu,Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva,Blagovest Mutafchiev,Nikolai Urumov, Vasil Vasilev – Zueka,Dorka Gryllus,Stefan Valdobrev,Pavel Popandov,Georgi Kadurin
Producers:Stefan Kitanov,Karl Baumgartner,Thanassis Karathanos,Andras Muhi,Danijel Hocevar.
Bulgaria/Germany/Hungary/Slovenia,2008,35mm,Color,105
 

 

 

 The World is Big and the Salvation lurks around the Corner by Komandarev

Sinopsis:

This is the story of 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 to Germany and organizes a spiritual journey for his grandson back into his past, to the country where he came from. While traveling across time and place and crossing half of Europe, they play backgammon, the simplest, and yet the most complex of all games. This game leads Alex to a realization of who he is, and that backgammon is a key to his story. Destiny is the dice we hold in our own hands and life is a game somewhere between chance and skill.

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Filmography
 
2000-Dogs’ Home
2001-The Way of Harmony-doc
2002-Bread Over the Fence-doc
2003-Alphabet of Hope-doc
2008-The world is big and
salvation lurks around the Corner (Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival 2009)

Awards

Sofia IFF-Audience Award,
Best Bulgarian Feature Film
Zurich IFF - Audience Award
“Golden Rose” FF (Varna,
Bulgaria)Best Script Award,
Best Cinematographer
Award(shared)
Warsaw IFF-Special Jury
Bergen IFF-GrandPrix „Cinema Extraordinaire”
Tallinn IFF  „Black Nights” Jury Special Mention,
DonQuijote Award,“The Film and the City”
FF (Nova Zagora, Bulgaria)-Best Film,Vilnius
IFF-Grand Prix for Best Film, Special Jury Award, for
Acting(Miki Manojlovic)
Almaty IFF-Best Actor
Award for Miki Manojlovic,
Taipei IFF-Audience
Sevastopol FF-Best Actor Award for Miki Manojlovic,
LUX Prix of the European Parliament-Official Selection