The Lesson

Nadezhda declares that once she catches the school thief, 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. Nadezhda 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. By the time she finds out who the school robber is, Nadezhda is unsure of what lesson to teach him.

Director's Biography
Kristina Grozeva, born 1976, and Petar Valchanov, born 1982, graduated from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Together, they have directed the documentary PARABLE OF LIFE and the TV feature FORCED LANDING. THE LESSON marks their fiction feature debut and was awarded at numerous international festivals, such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival, and the Göteborg International Film Festival. // Films (selection): PARABLE OF LIFE (2009, doc), JUMP (2012, short), UROK (The Lesson, 2014)
Competition Fiction 2015
Kristina Grozeva
Bulgaria / Greece 2014
105 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Cinematography Krum Rodriguez
Editing Petar Valchanov
Sound/Sounddesign Dobromir Hristoskov, Ivan Andreev, Veselin Zografov, Tsvetelina Tsvetkova
With Margita Gosheva, Ivan Barnev, Ivanka Bratoeva, Ivan Savov, Andrea Todorova, Stefan Denolyubov
Producer(s) Magdelena Ilieva (Abraxas Film), Kristina Grozeva (Abraxas Film), Petar Valchanov (Abraxas Film), Konstantina Stavrianou (Graal Film), Rena Vougioukalou (Graal Film)
Abraxas Film kv. Zaharna Fabrika 21B, app. 11 1345 Sofia Bulgaria T +359 895 78 61 02 abraxasfilm@abv.bg www.abraxasfilm.com