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The summer theatre Baba Vida

John Rhys-Davies has taken part ih the movie Dragon Storms
John Rhys-Davies has taken part ih the movie Dragon Storms

In 1964 the summer theatre was established in Baba Vida and in which summer theatre days are held. The natural scenery of the medieval fortress is accepted as irreplaceable by many famous movie makers. The Polish director Andjei Vaida is the first to shoot parts of his film "Ashes" in 1962. Since then among the authentic stone towers are shot about 50 Bulgarian and foreign historic films.

Donatas Banionis recreated the image of Francisco Goya on the river bank of Danube. The Hungarian director Zoltan Varkoni has shot "The Stars of Eger". In "Baba Vida" have been shot episodes from popular BG films like "Ioan-Asen's Weddings", directed by Vili Tzankov", "The Boyana Master", "The Royal Prince" shot by Borislav Sharaliev. In the dungeons have been shot some episodes from the TV saga "Captain Petko Voyvode".

In Fevruary 2003 in the fortress have been shot scenes for the production of the dmerican company UFO "Dragon Storms", starring John Rhys-Davies, starring as Gimley in "Lord of the Rings".

Last shooting have been done in the autumn of 2003 with the Italian film "Nonatola's Children" which recreates an actual event with Jewish children in the Second World War.

The fortress Baba Vida has been chosen as location because the stone walls are very similar to ones of the fortress Aleso, where Jewish people hid in the past.

The fortress Baba Vida was proclaimed National Monument of Culture in 1964. It is one of the hundred national sites.

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