THE LESSON

A young teacher’s lecturing her students - there’s a robber in her class. She says she’ll find who he is and give him “a good lesson”. But she gets in debt to money-lenders who threaten her family. Now she has the dilemma whether to break her principles…

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Bulgaria/Greece, 2014, 105 min, colour

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


Writher and director: Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva
DoP:  Krum Rodriguez 
Production Designer: Vanina Geleva
Sound Design: Ivan Andreev, Cvetelina Cvetkova

Producer: Abraxas Film
Co-producers:  Graal Film, Little WingScreening Emotions
World distribution: Wide Management

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SAN SEBASTIAN IFF - NEW DIRECTORS AWARD

TOKIO IFF - Special Jury Prize

IFF Warsaw - 1-2 Competition Award

GOTEBORG IFF - THE INGMAR BERGMAN INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AWARD

Thessaloniki IFF - Special Jury Award for Originality and Innovation

Thessaloniki IFF - Best Screenplay Award

Luxembourg City IFF - Grand Prix

La Orquidea Cuenca IFF - Award for Best Film

MOLODIST Kiev IFF - The FIPRESCI Prize

ANGERS PREMIERS PLANS - Best Actress Award

Vilnius IFF - BEST ACTRESS Award

Transilvania IFF - Best Actress Award

Transilvania IFF - Best Director Award

Golden Owl Cimenabc IFF - Best Actress Award

Golden Owl Cimenabc IFF - Best Film

Monterrey IFF - Best film

Duhok IFF - Best first or second film

MIFF “GOLDEN LISTAPAD” GRAND PRIX FOR BEST FILM

Sofia IFF - AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN FILM

Sofia IFF - Grand Prix

Sofia IFF - FIPRESCI AWARD

Sofia IFF - AIDIENCE AWARD

Golden Linden IFF - Best Film

Golden Linden IFF - Best Actress

GOLDEN ROSE - The Critics Guild Award

GOLDEN ROSE - Accredited Journalists Award

GOLDEN ROSE - Special mention by the city of Varna

Bulgarian Film Academy - best feature film award

Bulgarian Film Academy - best director award

Bulgarian Film Academy - best art direction award

Bulgarian Film Academy - best actress award

Bulgarian Film Academy - best director debut award

Festival of arts APOLLONIA - Grand Prix


LUX Prize of the European Parliament Nomination

Bulgarian Film Academy Nomination for best script
Bulgarian Film Academy Nomination for best cinematography
Bulgarian Film Academy Nomination for best actor in a supporting role


Festivals:


Official selection at Toronto international Film Festival (TIFF) - Contemporary World Cinema
Official selection at San Sebastian International Film Festival - Competition – New directors
Official selection at Tokio International Film Festival - International Competition
Official selection at Warsaw Film Festival - 1-2 Competition
Official selection at Festival Premiers Plans D'Angers - Competition

Thessaloniki International Film Festival - International Competition
La Orquidea International Film Festival, Ecuador - International Competition
Molodist International Film Festival, Kiev - International Competition
Trieste Film Festival - Feature Film Competition
Reykjavik International Film Festival - Competition
Arras Film Festival - International Competition
Luxembourg City Film Festival -  Official Competition
Vilnius Film Festival - New Europe New Names
Tbilisi Film Festival - Competition
Minsk International Film Festival Listapad - Competition
GoEast Film Festival Wiesbaden - Competition
Filmfestival Linz Crossing Europe - Competition
Brussels International film Festival - Competition
Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexico - Competition
Cinemabc International Film Festival, Brasil - Competition
Monterrey International Film Festival, Mexico - Competition
Sale International Film Festival, Maroco - International Competition
Venice International Film Festival - Venice Days  
Karlovi Vari International Film Festival  - Variety Critics'Choice
Rotterdam International Film Festival - Bright Future Program
Goteborg Film Festival - The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Competition
Trondheim  International Film Festival - New Directors
Edinburgh International Film Festival - New Perspectives
Zagreb Film Festival - Lux Prize
Biografilm Festival - Biografilm Europa
Palm Springs International Film Festival - Program Another Europe
Portland International Film Festival - New Directors
Wisconsin Film Festival - New International Cinema
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival - World Cinema
Louisiana International Film Festival - World Cinema

Hong Kong International Film Festival - World Cinema
Beijing International Film Festival - World Cinema
Jeonju International Film Festival - Special Focus

Istanbul Film Festival - Program Balkans: Cinema of Flames
Dubai International Film Festival - Program Cinema of the World
Luxor Egiptian and European Film Festival - Official Competition
Chennai International Film Festival - World Cinema
Pune International Film Festival - Global Cinema
Bangaluru International Film Festival - Cinema of the World
Duhok International Film Festival - World Cinema
Festival de Cine Europeo, Puerto Rico 
EU Film Days, Tokio, Japan
Festival of Tolerance, Zagreb
Sofia International Film Festival - Official Competition
The Golden Linden International Film Festival, Stara Zagora - Official Competition
Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival - Competition