Blaga’s Lessons / Urotcite na Blaga

Synopsis : When a retired, recently widowed teacher falls prey to a phone scam, she’s left robbed of her life savings and without any money for her late husband’s grave. Her life turns upside down when she realises that there’s no way of gaining her money back, until she receives an alluring, but suspicious offer for work. The tables turn as she takes matters into her own hands and cash begins rolling in, this time claiming her most prized attribute: her values, as she slowly and surely transforms into the scammer herself.

Festival History : Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2023 São Paulo International Film Festival, 2023 BFI London Film Festival, 2023 Tribeca Film Festival, 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival, 2023

Awards : Grand Prix - Stephan Komandarev, Karlovy Vary 2023 Winner Best Actress - Eli Skorcheva, Karlovy Vary 2023 Winner Prize of the Ecumenial Jury - Stephan Komandarev, Karlovy Vary 2023

Director : Stephan Komandarev
Producer : Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
Screenplay : Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev
DOP : Vesselin Hristov
Editor : Nina Altaparmakova
Cast : Eli Skorcheva, Gerasim Georgiev, Rozalia Abgarian, Ivan Barnev, Stefan Denolyubov, Ivaylo Hristov

Stephan Komandarev

Stephan Komandarev graduated in Film & TV directing at the New Bulgarian University (1999). His works include award-winning feature and documentary films. He is a lecturer at the Film Department of the New Bulgarian University, Sofia (since 2008). He is a 2011 EAVE graduate and a Member of the European Film Academy, Bulgarian Film Director’s Association and Bulgarian Film Producers’ Association.


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