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by Ivaylo Hristov


At the airport, Slavi tells his life's story to a young customs officer. As children, Nelly promises Slavi to marry him. The two teenagers are passionately in love with each other but after some time Nelly falls in love with another guy. Slavi takes up drinking and gets into trouble with the Bulgarian militia (police) because of his family background. This is when he decides to defect to the West. After staying at a refugee camp in Austria and another desperate love, he sets out to the United States. There Slavi makes some new friends who help him buy a truck. He hits the roads of America, where he comes across an Indian who sells him an arrow. The vender tells him this amulet will bring his love back. Eventually, Slavi comes back to Bulgaria, where communism has collapsed. His beloved Nelly lives alone with her daughter. One day Slavi meets her again...

international title: Footsteps in the Sand
original title: Stapki v pyasaka
country: Bulgaria
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Ivaylo Hristov
screenplay: Ivaylo Hristov
cast: Ivan Barnev, Yana Titova, Assen Blatechki
cinematography by: Emil Hristow
film editing: Kevork Aslanyan
art director: Vladimir Shishkov
costumes designer: Mira Kalanova
producer: Asen Vladimirov, David Varod
production: NU Boyana Film Studios
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