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The Lesson

UK Release Date Friday, 04 December 2015
Certificate TBC
Director Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov
Cast Margita Gosheva, Ivan Burnev, Ivanka Bratoeva, Ivan Savov, Deya Todorova, Stefan Denolyubov
Distributor New Wave Films


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)

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