Blaga’s Lessons

2023, Bulgaria/Germany, 113 minutes, feature, drama

Director: Stephan Komandarev
Script: Simeon Ventsislavov, Stephan Komandarev
Cinematography: Vesselin Hristov
Cast: Eli Skorcheva, Gerasim Georgiev, Rozalia Abgarian, Ivan Barnev, Stefan Denolyubov, Ivaylo Hristov, Assen Blatechki
Producer: Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
Co-producer: Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula

Retired teacher Blaga (70) falls victim to a phone scam and loses all her money saved for a beautiful tombstone for her and her late husband. In order to collect the amount again, Blaga contacts the phone scammers and begins to work for them as a “mule”. The once strict and honest woman slowly begins to cross all her principles.

Stephan Komandarev

Born in Sofia on 28.09.1966. Member of the Bulgarian Association of Film Directors. Member of the Film Producers Association. Member of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers. Member of the European Film Academy. Feature films and documentaries created by Stefan Komandarev have won numerous international awards.


2023 – Blaga’s Lessons
2021 – Life from Life
2019 – Rounds

Festivals and Awards

2023 – Karlovy Vary IFF – Grand Prix Crystal Globe
2023 – Karlovy Vary IFF – Best Actress Award – Eli Skorcheva
2023 – Karlovy Vary IFF – Grand Prize from the ecumenical jury for upholding Christian and moral value