Bulgaria/Germany |
2023 |
113 мин.

Script: Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Cinematography: Vesselin Hristov
Music: Kalina Vasileva

Cast: Eli Skorcheva, Gerasim Georgiev, Rozalia Abgarian, Ivan Barnev, Stefan Denolyubov, Ivaylo Hristov, Assen Blatechki

Production: Argo Film – Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
Co-production: 42film, Germany – Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula

Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Bulgarian National Television, EURIMAGES, Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, German Film Fund MDM

The victim of a phone scam, Blaga, a recently widowed retired teacher is robbed of her life savings and the money for her late husband’s grave. Her life is turned upside down when she realises that there’s no way of getting her money back, until she receives an alluring, yet suspicious, offer of work. The once strict and honest woman gradually begins to sacrifice her principles.

Festivals & Awards: 2023 Karlovy Vary IFF: Grand Prix Crystal Globe for Best Film, Best Actress Award—Eli Skorcheva, Grand Prize from the ecumenical jury for upholding Christian and moral values; official competition programme of the 2023 Thessaloniki IFF Balkan Survey

Director, producer and scriptwriter, author of award-wining fiction films: Rounds (premiered in 2019, Sarajevo, winner of 8 awards), Directions (2017, premiered at Un Certain Regard, Cannes IFF 2017, won 12 awards at international festivals), The World is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner (2008, shortlisted for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, won 35 awards at international festivals), The Judgment (2014, winner of 12 awards, including Best Feature Film at 2014 Golden Rose FF). Stephan Komandarev is also the author of a number of award-winning documentaries and a member of the European Film Academy.