Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner) (2008)

Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner) (2008)

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A search for both family and cultural identity takes place on a tandem bicycle in this emotional drama from Bulgarian filmmaker Stefan Komandarev. Alexander was born in 1975, when Bulgaria was being ruled by an oppressive political regime that encouraged distrust among its people. Alexander (Carlo Ljubek) was raised in an extended family, with his parents Vasko (Hristo Mutafchiev) and Yana (Ana Papadopulu) sharing their home with Yana's folks Bai Dan (Miki Manojlovic) and Sladka (Lyudmila Cheshmedzhieva). Free-spirited Bai Dan shows little respect for Bulgaria's leadership, and Vasko is approached by authorities who want him to file intelligence reports on his father-in-law. Afraid of where this could lead, Vasko brings together the family and flees the country, making their way to Germany after a stay in a refugee camp. When Alexander, now in his early thirties, is involved in an auto accident with his parents in the car, he survives but they perish. Alexander's memory of his past has been shattered by his injuries, so Bai Dan proposes a journey to lift his spirits and refresh his mind. Bai Dan gets a two-seater bicycle and together they set out to travel from Germany to Bulgaria strictly by pedal power. Adapted from a novel by Ilija Trojanov, Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakde (aka The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner) was voted best Bulgarian feature presentation at the 2008 Sofia Film Festival.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Pallas Film

Cast

Carlo Ljubek
as Alexander
Nikolai Urumov
as State security agent
Vasil Vasilev-Zueka
as Ivo Chikagoto
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Critic Reviews for Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Neither the sweeping European vistas nor the masterful Serbian actor Miki Manojlovic can save this Bulgarian road movie from its treacly sentimentality.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's lovable in a way that's sometimes goofy, sometimes sad, always optimistic.

Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

You know that the two are going to have adventures and bond, but watching them do this is enjoyable. The gorgeous scenery along the way doesn't hurt, either.

Full Review… | March 21, 2016
Jerusalem Post

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner)

Best Balkan film I've seen. I ve never seen such a possitive approach to amnesia. A young man lost his family and his memory in a traffic accident. And his granddad who lives in Bulgaria, goes to Germany to help him. He helps him to remember the past. And helps his grandson to have a life even better than before. A great Bulgarian film. Highly recommended...

Ricky Chapman
Ricky Chapman
½

The world is big, was a tremendous Bulgarian movie. I have not seen much of Bulgarians movie but this one was really enjoyable.Excellent plot which was filled with necessary details,flashbacks about these families past.The acting was amazing, beautiful scenery, specially the scenes where the grandfather and grandson was riding in the Alps.They showed how life was compared to a game of backgammon. The dice will be the destiny and you decided how to move your checkers in order to win. If this movie succeed in being an Oscar nominee it will be a honor for the Bulgarians because even if it doesn't win, Bulgarians showed here that they can also produced good movies.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

½

Absolutely wonderful film about a young man who survives a car wreck that left both his parents dead, only to suffer from complete retroactive amnesia. His grandfather arrives from Bulgaria to take him home, and collect his memories along the way in hopes of helping him remember who he is. A beautiful, warm hearted tale, reminiscent of the work of Giuseppe Tornatore, "The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner" is a heartfelt and beguiling emotional journey.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

Super Reviewer

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