THE BOY WHO WAS A KING

a film by Andrey Paounov

THE BOY WHO WAS A KING

Germany | 2011 | 90:00 min

Original Title:
DER JUNGE, DER KÖNIG WAR

Formal Categories

History Society Migration Politics

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
Past haunts present and myth rivals reality to tell the fascinating story of Simeon Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Following the sudden death of his father in 1943, six-year-old Tsar Simeon II had a brief reign in Bulgaria. Only three years later the communists took over and he and his family were exiled from their country. Fifty years passed before the communist regime collapsed allowing Simeon to gloriously return to his homeland. In 2001 he was elected Prime Minister but four years later Simeon would find himself in a sort of exile again.
A tumultuous history including a rich variety of memorable archive footage as well as eccentric documents by eyewitnesses and bystanders.


'Errol Morris meets the Coens in a documentary delicacy to savour…' Time Out London
'Pic's terrific use of archival footage... Editing is aces.' Variety
Festivals/Awards
Toronto IFF, The Times BFI London FF, CPH:DOX, IDFAmsterdam
Cast and Crew
  • Director Andrey Paounov
Original Languages

German

Bulgarian

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