Khan Asparuh 1981
Historical epic about the founding of the first Bulgarian state in 681 A.D. by Khan Asparuh, made in 1981 as part of the 1300 year anniversary celebration of that event. A joint production between the studio for feature films and the film unit of the people's army, with thousands of horses and extras.
This epic is told from the point of view of Velisarius, a Roman, whose father, a diplomat for the Byzantine Empire, left him with the Bulgars as a kind of insurance for a treaty with the Bulgars. The film is divided into three parts, the first of which takes place in Old Great Bulgaria, a region which is now modern day Ukraine. Khan Kubrat managed to unite the semi-nomadic warrior tribes during his lifetime. Part two follows the westward migration of the faction led by Aszparuh, now Khan, and part three covers their settlement in the land that is now modern day Bulgaria, their union with the Slavs already living in the area, and the battle with Constantine’s army of 60,000. For Constantine this was not only a war to preserve and expand the empire’s territory but also a religious war, for both the Bulgars and Slavs were pagans.

3 x DVD | PAL 4:3 | 01:31:34 + 01:48:20 + 02:01:36
4.12 Gb + 4.85 Gb + 5.47 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Bulgarian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, History, War

Director: Ludmil Staikov
Cast: Stoyko Peev, Antony Genov, Vassil Mihajlov
Country: Bulgaria

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