Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, and the state rewards him with a new wristwatch, but soon the new watch stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch. And here starts his desperate struggle to get his old watch back, as well as his dignity.
- Special Award of the City of Varna, Best Screenplay - Golden Rose FF
- Special Mention - Filmfest Gent
- Grand Jury Prize - Arras FF
- Principado de Asturias Award for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, FIPRESCI Prize - Gijón IFF
- Cristal Arrow Award, Press Prize - Les Arcs European FF
- DFCC Best Screenplay - Audi Dublin IFF
- ALPC Critics' Award - Luxembourg City FF
- Best Balkan Film, UBFM's Film Critics Guild Award - Sofia IFF
- Best Director (New Europe - New Names), CICAE Jury Film Award - Vilnius IFF
- Best Actor (Stefan Denolyubov), Best Actress (Margita Gosheva) - Fajr IFF
- Jury Special Mention - Transilvania IFF
- Best International Feature - Edinburgh FF
- Best Film, FEDEORA Award, Best Actress, Best Script - Montenegro FF
- Bulgarian submission for the Academy Awards
- FIPRESCI Award - Gijon IFF
- Locarno Film Festival 2016
- Haifa International Film Festival 2016
- Transilvania International Film Festival 2017
- Istanbul Film Festival 2017
- Sofia International Film Festival 2017
- Les Arcs Film Festival 2016
- Black Movie Independent Film Festival 2017
- Vilnius International Film Festival 2017
- Göteborg Film Festival 2017
- Stefan Denolyubov
- Margita Gosheva
- ABRAXAS FILM LTD.
- WIDE MANAGEMENT
Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva’s second feature is a sociopolitical gem
Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov have a rare ability to make gripping, politically charged drama that is entirely accessible.
A sharply executed, superbly performed Bulgarian tragic dramedy.
Routine is the greatest enemy of any creative process. It is essential to... preserve that grain of truth that has given birth to the desire to tell it.
Kristina Grozeva was born in 1976 in Sofia. She graduated from Sofia University and started work as a TV journalist. In 2005 she completed the speciality of film and TV directing at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in the class of Georgi Dyulgerov. Her short films have won several awards at international student film festivals. She won the "Jameson" award for best Bulgarian short film for FAMILY THERAPY at Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF), 2008. Since then, she has been working in tandem with her husband, film director Peter Valchanov: PARABLE OF LIFE – documentary (2009), EMERGENCY LANDING(2010 ), JUMP (2012). THE LESSON (2014) is their debut feature film, of which Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov are script writers and producers. The world premiere of the film was held at the Toronto Film Festival within the Contemporary World Cinema program. The awards won by the film at the festivals in San Sebastian, Warsaw, Tokyo, Thessaloniki, Angers and Gothenburg turned it into the most awarded film of the new Bulgarian cinema. GLORY(2016) co-director Petar Valchanov is awarded Special Mention of the International film societies at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.
Born in Bulgaria in 1982, Petar Valchanov graduates in film and TV directing at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia. He directs numerous short films including SHOCK (2001), RESSURECTION (2004), CAPTURED (2005) and FAMILY THERAPY (2008), which he co-writes with Kristina Grozeva and which is awarded, among others, the Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian short film at the Sofia Film Fest. GLORY(2016) is awarded Special Mention of the International film societies at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.