The Lesson

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    The Lesson

    Directed by

    Bulgaria, Greece

    2014

    105 min

    • Bulgarian

    Drama

    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

    In a small classroom in a small Bulgarian town, a small child has stolen a small amount of money — which adds yet another big problem to the already troubled life of teacher Nadezhda (Margita Gosheva). Even as she attempts to uncover the identity of the little bandit, she is frantically struggling to deal with the looming foreclosure on her house, and the useless jalopy her unemployed drunk of a husband drained their account to purchase. Nadezhda is an honest, hard-working woman plagued by financial woes. The situation is enough to turn anyone into a thief.

    Awards

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    • Kutxa - New Directors Award - San Sebastián IFF
    • 1-2 Competition Award - Warsaw FF
    • Special Jury & Best Screenplay - Thessaloniki IFF
    • The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award - Göteborg FF
    • Special Award of the City of Varna, the Critics’ Guild, the Accredited Journalists’ Award - The Golden Rose FF
    • Best Actress (Margita Gosheva) - Angers FF
    • Best Debut Fiction Feature - Luxembourg City FF
    • Grand Prix, Best Bulgarian Feature Film, FIPRESCI Prize, Audience Award - Sofia IFF
    • Best Actress (Margita Gosheva) - Vilnius IFF
    • Best Directing Award, Best Performance Award (Margita Gosheva) - Transilvania IFF
    • Lux Prize Finalist 2015
    • Grand Prix for Best Film - European Co-Production Competition
    • Special Jury Prize - Tokyo IFF
    • Grand Prix - Minsk FF
    • Best Film (Eye to Eye) - FF Palić

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    Credits

    Cast
    Margita Gosheva
    Ivan Burnev
    Ivanka Bratoeva
    Ivan Savov
    Deya Todorova
    Stefan Denolyubov
    Screenplay
    Kristina Grozeva
    Petar Valchanov
    Cinematography
    Krum Rodriguez
    Editing
    Petar Valchanov
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT
    Production
    ABRAXAS FILM LTD.
    Production
    GRAAL FILM
    Production
    LITTLE WING

    Press

    A commanding central performance from Margita Gosheva

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    Kristina Grozeva

    Kristina Grozeva

    Bulgaria

    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.

    Selected Filmography

    Petar Valchanov

    Petar Valchanov

    Bulgaria

    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.

    Selected Filmography