The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner
Svetat e goljam i spasenie debne otvsjakade Director: Stephan Komandarev


This is a film in which three different eras, three different worlds and three different generations collide. The common link between them is the grandfather Bai Dan, played to perfection by one of Serbia's best-known actors, Miki Manojlovic. Bai Dan is an old-school guy in the best sense of the world - he has gravitas, his own philosophy of life, principles, and yet he remains real and genuine. He is a man who loves life and who loves his family, with moving sincerity. A man who plays for the love of the game.

One of the eras and worlds in this film is pre-communist Bulgaria, the source of Bai Dan's spiritual values. On its heels comes an era and world in which Bulgaria has become a Warsaw Pact country, ruled by covetousness and thirst for vengeance, which forces Bai Dan's daughter's family to flee to the West.

The third world and era is the Western world. First of all, years of limbo in an Italian refugee camp and then a life in Berlin. Bai Dan's daughter and her husband are killed in a traffic accident. His grandchild Alex survives, albeit with amnesia. Now the grandfather is on his way to see him, after a space of 20 years. Alex has developed the soft shell of the new era and on their way from Germany to Bulgaria, the grandson begins through his grandfather to redevelop a connection to the former homeland in the era when men were men and women were women and were a man's word and honour counted for something, when people were passionate for living and playing.

The film reminds us of how we've all rushed headlong into a new, shiny and stylish "business world". But where are our grandfathers, from whom we derive spiritual sustenance and learn about dignity, gentlemanliness and the savour of life...?

Kaarel Kuurmaa


Festivals and awards: Sofia (Audience Award, Best Bulgarian Feature Film), Karlovy Vary, Moscow, Warsaw, Sarajevo, Montreal
Links: Trailer

Programme: Official Competition Programme EurAsia

Country: Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia
Year: 2008
Length: 105
Language: Bulgarian, German
Producer: Stefan Kitanov, Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, Andras Muhi, Danijel Hocevar
Screenplay: Dusan Milic, Stefan Komandarev, Yuri Datchev, Ilija Trojanov
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Cinematography: Emil Christov
Music: Stefan Valdobrev
Editor: Nina Altaparmakova

Cast: Miki Manojlovic, Carlo Ljubek, Hristo Mutafchiev, Ana Papadopulu, Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva

Producer: RFF International, Pallas Film GmbH


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Stephan Komandarev

Stephan Komandarev (b. 1966 in Sofia, Bulgaria) graduated in medicine in 1993 and worked as a child psychiatrist before deciding on a career in the cinema.
In 1998 he graduated in film directing from the New Bulgarian University. Komandarev directs the weekly show "Monday 8 ½" on Bulgarian TV. He was made
number of short films, his first feature "Dog's Home" (2000) was screened at PÖFF 2001.

Pansion za kucheta (2000, Koerte varjupaik, PÖFF 2001), Hljab nad ogradata (Bread Over the Fence, 2002, doc), Azbuka na nadejdata (Alphabet of Hope, 2004, doc), Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsjakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, 2008)


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