Is a war big or small for someone who has lost his life in it? In an unprecedented march the forty thousand strong Bulgarian Army, crossing from the southern to the western frontier of the country, covers the distance in less than two days and two nights with no roads, railway or other means of transport available… and wins the war. The film has the atmosphere of a Jacques Callot’s etching – a throng of ant-like characters at the feet of Cruel Fate. But this seemingly chaotic whirl of events will clearly follow the path of a young woman from the grave of her child to the death of her husband. And there will be the Cripple – a boy with his romantic urge to die for his Fatherland dying in the most important battle in life – for human dignity. There are also the bodies of two men clinging to each other in Death’s grip among the reeds in the mud. The war has made them enemies but they are more like bleeding Atlas Telamons with a peaceful sky steady on their shoulders.
production KOULEV FILM PRODUCTION coproduction SHIBUYA PRODUCTIONS NU BOYANA FILM DOLI MEDIA STUDIO MAGICSHOP BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION with the support of BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTER
script VLADI KIROV director ANRI KOULEV director of photography SVETLA GANEVA music LUBOMIR DENEV art director ANASTAS YANAKIEV costumes MARTA MIRONSKA sound BORIS TRAYANOV; MOMCHIL BOJKOV make-up artist SNEZHINA MERDZHANOVA edit BOIKA POPOVA song performer DIANA DAFOVSKA
cast BEN CROSS LUIZA GRIGOROVA SAMUEL FINZI VOLFRAM COH SOFIA SKAYA SEVAR IVANOV LYUBOMIR PETKASHEV VALERI MARKOV TSVETAN ALEKSIEV EMIL KOTEV IVAN BURNEV PHILIP AVRAMOV ZDRAVKO MOSKOV PLAMEN VELIKOV SAVA PIPEROV WLADISLAW VIOLIN TSVETAN PEYCHEV KRASIMIR DOKOV ASEN KUKUSHEV