Childhood Sun (1981)

Boyana Feature Film Studio, Bulgarian Television, 1981
Episode 1 – 62 min. Episode 2 – 62 min., 20 sec., colour
“The Child in Our Time” award, MIFED, Milan, 1983

In the 1950s, four boys from a poor neighbourhood on the margins of the city live in a world of dreams, fantasy and adventures. With shining eyes, these would-be heroes grip their knights’ spears. Their imaginary steeds charge along the muddy streets, past Atanas, who talks to the sun, past the brothers who make slippers in their shop called “Brotherly Love”, past Kolyo the barber… The boys are angry at the evil giants for all their hateful deeds, for the fact that the good suffer while the bad triumph and some have a lot while others have nothing. They dream of sailing faraway seas and of seeing the Bay of Biscay and they build a pirate ship to get away. However, they ultimately set off in the chariot that the father of one of the boys is building for the local museum. In the first village they reach, they are detained and brought back. Duly punished, the four boys watch the autumn rain wash away the motley frescoes on the abandoned chariot.

Directed by Ilko Dundakov
Cinematography by Tsancho Tsanchev
Production Design by Maria Deenichina
Original Music by Angel Mikhaylov
Sava Momchilov
Vasko Vasilev
Krustyo Keresteliev
Neycho Todorov
Nevena Kokanova (Sasho’s Mother)
Stefan Iliev (Sasho’s Father)
Georgi Kishkilov (Kolyo the Barber)
Domna Ganeva (Rich Lady)
Ivan Tsvetarski (Rich Pierre)
Dimitar Manchev (Butcher)
Svetoslav Peev and Kosta Karageorgiev (Slipper-Maker Brothers)
Stoyno Dobrev (Cafeteria Assistant)
Luchezar Stoyanov (Thief)
Teodor Yurukov
Vladimir Bonev
Khristo Dermendzhiev
Kiril Kavadarkov
Atanas Vodenicharov
Slavcho Mitev
Maria Gancheva
Nikolay Stoyanov
Anton Karastoyanov
Nina Aranaudova
Georgi Gaytannikov
Marko Mangachev
Stancho Stanchev
Simeon Viktorov
Kunka Baeva
Bozhidar Lechev
Shtilyan Kunev
Violeta Nikolova
Dimitar Keranov
Dimitar Ivanov
Angelina Samardzhieva
Dimitar Dobrev
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