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After the End of the World

Directed by Ivan Nitchev

Bulgaria-Germany-Greece | 112 minutes | 1998

Bulgarian, Romanian, Greek, Turkish with English subtitles

This unusual romantic tale provides a rare glimpse into Bulgaria’s richly textured ethnic heritage. Berto, a world-famous Israeli scholar of Byzantine history, flies back to his native Bulgaria for a conference in the Balkans. There, he meets Araxi, his long-lost childhood sweetheart. They reminisce about their childhood adventures and evoke a lost world of Gypsy and Turkish musical celebrations at which the town’s rabbi and the orthodox priest share jokes over a game of backgammon. The film is replete with colorful interactions between townspeople: Armenians, Greeks, Gypsies, Jews, Turks and ethnic Bulgarians. These communities lived together in relative harmony before World War II. As the lovers’ relationship renews itself, the bittersweet past is echoed in the events of the present. Leading Bulgarian actor Stefan Danailov’s powerful screen presence is a discovery for American audiences.
Foreign Title Sled Kraja Na Sveta
Director Ivan Nitchev
Countries of Production Bulgaria-Germany-Greece
Year of Presentation 1998
Language(s) Bulgarian, Romanian, Greek, Turkish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 112 minutes
Principal Cast Stefan Danailov, Katerina Didaskalou, Vassil Mihajlov, Georgi Kaloyanchev

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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