The Secret Book

The Secret Book

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name = The Secret Book

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director = Vlado Cvetanovski
producer = KTV Media, Dimitar Nikolov
writer = Jordan Plevnes (novel)
Jordan Plevnes, Ljube Cvetanovski (screenplay)
starring = Thierry Frémont
Jean-Claude Carrière
Vlado Jovanovski
Labina Mitevska
Djordji Jolevski
Meto Jovanovski
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screened = 2006 at Cannes Film Festival
released = 2006
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language = Macedonian, French
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imdb_id = 0350183

"The Secret Book" is a Macedonian feature film combining the detective, thriller and conspiracy fiction genres, based on "Secret Book" (French: "Le Livre Secret", Macedonian: "Тајната книга"), a real mystical book written by the Bogomils with Glagolitic letters (the first Slav alphabet, made by Sts. Cyrill and Methodius).

Bogomil ideas, carried back to France and Italy from the Balkans by refugees or returning crusaders in the 11th century, became the basis of the Cathar heresy. Like them, the Bogomils were massacred by the church and their name almost burned from history.


Pierre Raymond (Jean Claude Carriere) is a passionate explorer, a man who devoted all his life to the quest of the original "Secret Book", a book that exists as a legend in several religions and heresies, and it was "A Holly Book" for the Bogomils, written with Glagolitic letters.

Lead by the strange messages from the Balkan, brought to him by doves, he chooses his son Chevalier (Thierry Fremont) to search where he stopped. The messages are sent from Macedonia by Pavle Bigorski, a man that identifying himself with the authentic author of "The Secret Book" from the Middle Ages.

The book is supposed to contain the principle of good and evil and the principle of power, jumping across the time barrier and touched the essence of the Quest for the roots of Truth.

Bigorski has three brothers, symbolizing the three regions inhabited by ethnic Macedonians. Each brother represents some aspect of the Macedonian spirit (faith, rebellion towards the social evil, defense of honour).


The movie was shot in 2002 and 2003 on location in Bitola and Ohrid in Macedonia, and Balchik in Bulgaria.

ee also

*The Da Vinci Code
*The Da Vinci Code (film)

External links

* [ Official site]
* [,,1783661,00.html Cannes, Cathars and conspiracy] by Fiachra Gibbons (Guardian)
* [ Finally “Peaceful Shooting” Starts In Ohrid] (Reality Macedonia, April 14, 2002)

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