The Lesson

The Lesson

Language: Bulgarian
Genre: Drama
Bulgaria/Greece, 2014, 105'
Director: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Cast: Margita Gosheva, Ivan Barnev, Stefan Denoliubov, Ivan Savov, Andrea Todorova, Ivanka Bratoeva
Nadezhda is a high school English teacher near Sofia. Stunned by a theft report by one of her students she is determined to find the culprit and punish him.

As this episode unravels at work, her personal life changes drastically. She is notified by a bailiff that the bank is about to seize her house and put it on auction due to overdue mortgage payments. Determined to keep her life afloat and her house she will do everything she can to get the money before it’s too late. Her personal and professional life will converge as she goes against all the lessons she teaches her students.

Аwards and nominations
Golden Rose ’14 – Special Award of Varna City, The Critics Guild Award, Accredited Journalists Award
San Sebastián ’14 – Kutxa Award for Best New Director
Goteborg International Film Festival ‘15 - Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
Thessaloniki ’14 – Best Screenplay and Bronze Alexander
Tokyo ’14 – Special Jury Prize; nomination for Tokyo Grand Prize
Warsaw ’14 – Competition 1-2 Award (tied with Hur man stoppar ett bröllop (Sweden, 2014)
Angers ’14 – Best Actress (Margita Gosheva)
La Orquidea International Film Festival (Ecuador) ’14 – Best Film
Molodist, Kiev ’14 – FIPRESCI Prize


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