The Enchanted Wanderer

The Enchanted Wanderer

Directed by Babak Payami

  • Canada;
  • Genre: Drama


Lev Nussimbaum was born into the nouveau riche of Baku, a shining new capital of the East basking in the glow of oil at the turn of the twentieth century. By age 13, he is dragged into the wanderer’s life of a refugee and thrown into poverty in the turbulent, pre-Nazi Germany. Defiant of his dire circumstances in Berlin, he resists his pre- destined place in the world and crafts a unique identity for himself as the exotic Muslim prince Essed Bey. With this new identity and his steadfast drive for knowledge and fame, he elbows himself into the elite world of European intellectuals.

Director's Statement

The story of Lev Nussimbaum (AKA Essed Bey, AKA Kurban Said) is an epic tale of survival, identity and love. The protagonist is relentlessly crafting an identity for himself in order to survive, much like the world around him at the turn of the century. His rapid rise and fall as a celebrated German author intersects dramatically with early 20th century history at its most crucial period. The story crystallizes in one man’s journey, the reshaping of the world from the oil boom in Central Asia, the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of Fascism in Europe.



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