Time of Violence

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Time of Violence
Time of Violence theatrical poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byLudmil Staikov
Written byGeorgi Danailov
Anton Donchev (novel)
Produced byHristo Nenov
StarringYosif Sarchadzhiev
Rusi Chanev
CinematographyRadoslav Spasov
Edited byVioleta Toshkova
Music byGeorgi Genkov
Distributed byBoyana Film
Release date
  • 28 March 1988 (1988-03-28)
Running time
288 minutes

Time of Violence (Bulgarian: Време на насилие, translit. Vreme na nasilie) is a 1988 Bulgarian film based on the novel Vreme razdelno (Време разделно, "Time of Parting") of Anton Donchev. It consists of two episodes with a combined length of 288 minutes. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


Production and release of Time of Violence had been concurrent with the Revival Process. The story is set in contemporary Smolyan Okrug, a region of substantial pomak (Bulgarian Muslim) population, underlining the prevailing theory that pomaks are ethnic Bulgarians accepted Islam, regardless of their self-designation.[3]


The film is set in the Ottoman Empire, in 1668. As Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed Pasha concentrates his war efforts on the Cretan War, he grows paranoid of the Sultan's Christian subjects, convinced that they are an uncontrollable threat to the empire unless Islamized. One of the targets is Elindenya, a village located in a Rhodope valley where the Christian Bulgarians' way of life was for the most part left alone under the Ottoman governor Süleyman Agha's rule. A sipahi regiment is dispatched to the valley with the mission of converting the Christian population to Islam, by force if necessary. The extraordinary thing is that the regiment is led by Kara Ibrahim, a fanatical devshirme from Elindenya, and although Süleyman Agha, feeling that his self-ordained rule is at stake, objects to forced conversions, Kara Ibrahim favors measures of extreme brutality against the local Bulgarians, including his own family.


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Time of Violence". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ Briefing: Bulgaria’s Muslims: From Communist assimilation to tentative recognition Archived 2006-08-19 at the Wayback Machine

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