After The End Of The World

Bulgarian director Ivan Nitchev tells about the Stalinist era in Bulgaria in his film After the End of the World. This mythic film of humanist values illuminates the daily lives of people of different culture and origins living in Bulgaria at the time. The Israeli professor who's an expert on Byzantine history returns years later to Bulgaria, the place where he has spent his childhood, for a conference. The first person to meet him at the airport is a mafioso lawyer, engaged in speculation of building lots and real estate. The professor who meets the love of his childhood in Bulgaria will make a journey to the past, whether he likes it or not. In the 1950's, Armenians, Jews, Turks, Gypsies and Bulgarians lived in the Plovdiv city of Bulgaria, enjoying a very harmonious relationship with each other even though they also managed to preserve their own culture. Customs, traditions and languages have blended together, comprising an exceptional wealth of culture. So much that the imam, the rabbi and the priest can come together to organise a party with a dancing woman and drink; can fight each other like kids over a wooden ladder. The totalitarian regime first of all banishes gypsies from Plovdiv and the Turks also leave the region when steps are taken to construct a building on the cemetery where their ancestors lie. And finally when the Jews are allowed to go to Israel, the multi-cultural society is slowly destroyed. This destroyal influences children most of all. During the last decade we were doomed to always watch war, blood, and tears in films coming from the Balkans. After the End of the World, which comprises quite a lot of Turkish words, much swearing in particular, is a very original, interesting and sometimes funny "Balkan fairy tale" criticizing Stalinism through a method of its own, while exhibiting exceptional nostalgia and friendship. The real message of the film which has a different kind of editing and a magnificent ending is that a regime which strives to shrivel the various cultures that are the real wealth of a country is bound to collapse. After the End of the World is not just a film about jews, armenians, Gypsies and Turks. It would be unjust to say that the director is only narrating a period in Bulgarian history. Nitchev’s film is about human values, the necessity of friendship between people of different religions and origins and that of multi-culturalness. İf we remember the beauty of an Istanbul having the rich cultural mosaic of the 1950’s, the importance of the film will be more easily grasped. Ahmet Boyacıoğlu
Bulgaria
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1999

Director
Ivan Nitchev

Script
Angel Wagenstein

Cinematography
Georgi Nikolow

Editing
Ivan Nitchev
Ljuben Mladenow

Production
Meta BM-4

Cast
Katarina Didaskalo
Stefan Danailov
Tatjana Lolowa
Wassil Michailov

Music
Stefan Dimitrow

Festivals
6th Festival on Wheels
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