Archive of films Blaga's Lessons / Urotcite na Blaga

Bulgaria / Germany
2023, 114 min

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Year: 2023


Blaga is a seventy-year-old recently widowed former teacher and a woman of firm morals. When telephone scammers con her out of the money that she had saved for her husband’s grave, her moral compass slowly begins to lose its bearings… Stephan Komandarev’s past films have systematically criticized the inauspicious social situation in post-communist Bulgaria, and Blaga’s Lessons is no different. In this evocative drama featuring a masterful performance from Eli Skorcheva as Blaga, Komandarev aims his lens at the lives of today’s senior citizens – a vulnerable group whom politicians so often promise the right to a dignified life… but reality is much different.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Stephan Komandarev

Stephan Komandarev (1966, Sofia). Selected filmography: The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade, 2008), Judgement (Sadilishteto, 2014), Directions (Posoki, 2017), Occupation 1968 (Okupácia 1968, 2018, co-dir., doc.), Blaga’s Lessons (Urotcite na Blaga, 2023).


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Screenplay: Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev
Dir. of Photography: Vesselin Hristov
Music: Kalina Vasileva
Sound: Johannes Doberenz
Editor: Nina Altaparmakova
Producer: Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
Production: Argo Film
Coproduction: 42film
Cast: Eli Skorcheva, Gerasim Georgiev, Rozalia Abgarian, Ivan Barnev, Stefan Denolyubov, Ivaylo Hristov
Sales: Heretic Outreach


Stephan Komandarev

Film Director

Eli Skorcheva


Eike Goreczka


Gerasim Georgiev


Christoph Kukula


Simeon Ventsislavov


Veselin Hristov

Director of Photography

Nina Altaparmakova


Borimir Ilkov

Assistant Director

Ivelina Mineva

Production Designer

Bogdan Ejbekov

Production Manager

Maren Henke

Color Correction & VFX


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