Archive Cinema City 2015.

The Lesson

Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria | Greece
Year: 2014
Duration: 105'

Director: Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
Scenario: Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

Cast: Margita Gosheva, Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Stefan Denolyubov, Ivanka Bratoeva

Programme selection: Fresh Danube Films


Nadezhda warns her students that the school thief is in her sights. She declares that once she catches him his classmates will get their breakfast money back, and she’ll teach him a “good lesson”. On her return home, Nadezhda is surprised by another problem - an officer of the court threatens her with foreclosure. Her husband has missed several loan repayments for the cargo truck he bought intending to repair it and sell it. Now the entire loan has to be paid immediately so Nadezdha borrows money from a loan shark expecting to return it on the sale of the truck. But time flies and the truck is beyond repair. There’s no way to pay back the loan shark, and he starts pressuring Nadezhda. She scrambles for money, but to no avail. The truck, the house, her mother’s golden tooth crowns - nothing is enough. The loan shark threatens to hurt her child if she doesn’t find the cash. Terrified and desperate, Nadezhda robs a bank. She pays back the loan shark. And she finds out who the school robber is. But now has no idea what kind of lesson to teach him.

Festivals and awards:

Kutxa New Directors' Award - San Sebastian Film Festival 2014; 1-2 Competition Award - Warsaw Film Festival 2014; Award for Best Film - La Orquidea International Film Festival (Ecuador) 2014; Special Jury Prize "Bronze Alexander” & Best Screenplay award - Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2014; The Golden Rose Bulgarian Film Festival 2014 - The City of Varna Special Award and the Critics Guild Award; Special Jury Prize - Tokyo International Film Festival 2014; FIPRESCI Prize - Molodist International Film Festival 2014; Ingmar Bergman award for best debut film - Göteborg Film Festival 2015; AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS to Margita Gosheva - Premiers Plans - Angers Film Festival 2015

Original language: Bulgarian
Subtitle: English, Subtitle