Thu Oct 19, 1:15 PM
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Bulgaria, Germany
114 minutes
R 18+

A dark, award-winning thriller where an elderly Bulgarian woman turns criminal.

An arresting, provocative thriller, Blaga’s Lessons is a Bulgarian Breaking Bad composed with a meticulous visual poetry and featuring an incredible central performance. Seventy-year-old Blaga (Eli Skorcheva) is mourning the recent death of her husband and stretched financially to cover the costs of his grave. When she falls for a phone scam and is stripped of her savings, she is humiliated and desperate. Aged out of the job market, she becomes a driver for some shady figures, and on track to collide with the criminals who preyed on her. Gripping from its haunting opening to confronting conclusion, Blaga’s Lessons teaches some surprising and disturbing insights on social survival.

“A gripping drama powered by a powerful lead performance.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“A brutal drama that packs a provocative punch.” (Deadline)

“A bitterly potent social thriller.” (Variety)

Premiere Australian Premiere
Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Feature Fiction Competition
Subtitles English
Director Stephan Komandarev
Producer Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
Writer Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev
Cinematographer Vesselin Hristov
Editor Nina Altaparmakova
Music Kalina Vasileva
Cast Eli Skorcheva, Gerasim Georgiev, Rozalia Abgarian, Ivan Barnev, Stefan Denolyubov, Ivalyo Hristov
Genre Drama, Reality, Senior/Aging, Social Issue, Thriller