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The Lesson (Urok)
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Nadezhda is a high school English teacher near Sofia who also works as a translator to earn extra cash. Stunned by a theft report by one of her students she is determined to find the culprit and punish him. As this episode unravels at work, her personal life changes drastically. A bailiff notifies her that the bank is about to seize her house and put it on auction because of unpaid mortgage payments. Determined to keep her house, she will do everything she can to get the money before it is too late. Her personal and professional life will converge as she wonders, while exhausting all possible options, whether to question the principles she teaches her students. ‘Employing a cool, clean, and precise storytelling style, Grozeva and Valchanov maintain a seemingly dispassionate air in the face of their heroine's escalating desperation, a distance that only increases their story's emotional impact.’A gripping film, ‘The Lesson offers a tough, unsentimental education in the limits of honesty when confronted with brutal economic reality.’ (Dimitri Epides, Toronto Film Festival)

Toronto International Film Festival

Kutxa-New Directors Award, San Sebastian Film Festival

Winner, Ingmar Bergman International Debut Section, Göteborg Film Festival

Special Jury Prize & Best Screenplay, Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Special Jury Prize, Tokyo International Film Festival

Special Award & Critics Guild Award, Golden Rose Bulgarian Film Festival

Best Actress (Margita Gosheva), Festival Premiers Plans, Angers