Lachenite obuvki na neznayniya voin (1979) AKA The Unknown Soldier's Patent Leather Shoes


A middle-aged Bulgarian is watching the change of the guard in front of the Buckingham Palace. For no apparent reason, while looking, in his mind he gets back to his childhood in the little Bulgarian village he grew up in. Different rites, different traditions and still he finds something in common. He recalls the people he knew, he feared or admired. He ponders over that life of no brilliance, where people plough, harvest, marry and die, celebrate or grieve. Miracle are also worked, conceived in a unlimited child’s imagination. It is the child’s perception of the world that helps us to give a meaning to the major questions of human existence.

Director: Rangel Vulchanov. AKA The Unknown Soldier’s Patent Leather Shoes
Writer: Rangel Vulchanov (script). Лачените обувки на незнайния воин
Stars: Slavka Ankova, Emiliya Myrynska, Ivan Stoychev, Borislav Tsankov, Nikolay Velichkov, Rangel Vulchanov.

1979 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.


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One Comment

  1. Marcia
    April 11, 2021

    Beautiful! Moving without being kitsch. There is yet a reason, at the very beginning, why the Bulgarian gentlemen is transported back to his home place.

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