The Judgment

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    The Judgment


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    Bulgaria, Germany


    107 min

    • Bulgarian


    Bulgarian submission for the Academy Awards

    This is the story of Mityo and his son Vasko, who live in a poor area near the Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek border. Mityo has lost his wife, the respect of his 18-year-old son and the job that enabled him to pay off the loan for his mortgaged house. Desperate, he accepts a proposal from his former military commander to smuggle illegal Syrian immigrants across the border he once had to defend. The road leads across a peak called The Judgment, a place full of dark memories from thousands of years of history, but also from Mityo's own past. The revelation of his terrible secret will force him to face the past, in order to regain his internal peace and find forgiveness from his son.



    Assen Blatechki
    Ovanes Torosian
    Ina Nikolova
    Predrag Manojilovic
    Paraskeva Djukelova
    Meto Jovanovski
    Vasil Vasilev-Zueka
    Marin Damayanov
    Stephan Komandarev
    Krasimir Andonov
    Nina Altaparmakova
    Stefan Valdobrev


    Stephan Komandarev

    Stephan Komandarev


    Stephan Komandarev is a Bulgarian director, producer and scriptwriter. He is 2011 EAVE graduate and Member of the European Film Academy as well as Bulgarian Film Directors’ Association and Bulgarian Film Producers’ Association.

    His first fiction film DOG'S HOME (2000) was premiered at the 51st Berlin Film Festival, International Forum of New Cinema, 2001. His previous fiction film THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (2008) received over 35 international film awards (incl. 11 Audience Awards) and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscar Academy Award (2009). Currently the film is theatrically distributed in 93 countries, which made it the most successfully internationally distributed Bulgarian film of all times. His last feature film THE JUDGEMENT (co-production with Germany, Croatia and Macedonia) had its world primere at the opening of the Sofia IFF. Most recently, Stephan Komandarev works on one fiction film in development – THE OTHER MAN (supported by MEDIA, SEECN and EA “NFC”) and the documentary THE LAST VOYAGE OF “DIANA”; in production (supported by EA “NFC”). His 2017 film DIRECTIONS, the first film of a trilogy was selected in the Un Certain Regard section at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. His new film ROUNDS (2019) is the second part of this trilogy.

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