The film has been digitally remastered and issued for a first time with SUBTITLES IN : English, Russian, German, French.
Regional settings : 0 / All / worldwide
Based on “Time of Parting” novel by Anton Donchev
Director: Lyudmil Staikov Scriptwriters: Georgi Danailov, Lyudmil Staikov, Mihail Kirkov, Radoslav Spasov
Director of Photography: Radoslav Spasov; Production design: Georgi Todorov ; Music: Georgi Genkov
Starring: Iossif Surchadzhiev, Rousy Chanev, Ivan Krystev, Anya Pencheva, Valter Toski, Vassil Mihajlov, Kalina Stefanova, momchil Karamitev, Konstantin Kotsev, Stoyko Peev, Stefka Berova, etc.
The film has been digitally restored and remastered.
Year of release: 1987
Runtime: 156 min. DVD
Pal color: 4:3
In the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire has conquered south-eastern Europe but the holy war for conclusively endorsing Islam continues. A Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary Karaibrahim, who was kidnapped from the village as a boy, is sent to force the reluctant inhabitants to convert. The Turkish governor seeks a peaceful solution, but ultimately torture, violence, and rebellion break out. Among the people who are to be converted , Karaibrahim discovers his father, his brother Goran, his sister Elitza and his closest friend Manol. Even that does not shake his conviction to enforce Islam in the cruelest way.
A User Review: bulgarian strugle for freedom “This seems to be follow up to Kozi rog another bulgarian movie with similar and painfull theme trying to survive 500 years of Turk's tyrany and save bulgarian identity. Since I am half Bulgarian I was deeply moved by this movie because I'm feeling that if there would not be Bulgarians like these in the movie then I would NOT exist. I also felt that actors who played in this amazing picture were not just acting.
It is going to be very difficult to watch it for people who like easy going films beacause there is so much sadness and tragedy in it. This one doesn't have happy ending but somehow it gave you some kind of satisfaction on the end I just can't describe why. I am very sad that this movie is not more recognised in the world as it should be. I can not recall any other historical movie which could surpass this one,there is no any way. Beautifull sceneries,great actors,could not be done better. To me it is treasuare of world cinema…”