The Lesson Cert. 12A

20 October / 6pm / The Box / £4/£3


Directors: Kristina Grozeva and Peter Valchanov, Bulgaria/Greece, 2015, 111 mins 


A schoolteacher in a small Bulgarian town is caught between the desire to teach her stealing pupil a lesson in right and wrong, and her own desperate financial situation which pushes her to unprecedented acts. This powerfully suspenseful and greatly acted drama offers rich insights into everyday life in contemporary Bulgaria, while masterfully combining them with some welcome wish-fulfilling escapism. The moral dilemmas it opens and the critique of the obsessively money-driven societies we live in resonate with audiences beyond the Balkans, as the enthusiastic reception of the film at various festivals has testified. This multi-awarded debut film of directors Kristina Grozeva and Peter Valchanov will be on general release later in the year and is shown at FACT as a UK preview.


Part of Contemporary Balkan Cinema: Cultural Identity and Memory, a season of recent films from Kosovo, Bulgaria and Croatia offering a fresh outlook on contemporary culture in the Balkans and its relationship with the past. Each screening will be introduced by Dr Lydia Papadimitriou, Reader in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, and followed by a discussion with the audience. Financially supported by Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

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