Greece, Bulgaria 2015
We wanted to tell the story harshly, as a part of life. We strived to be real to the extreme, to create a painfully authentic film story. We got deep into the teacher’s inner world, we tackled her inner conflicts, her fight with her own morality. One of the main tasks for us as directors was to develop rich and deep human personalities. Together with the DoP Krum Rodriguez we decided that the camera had to be unnoticed and contemplative, to look carefully in the details and the action, without being obvious. The film was shot in a real provincial town. Most of the small parts were played by real people, not actors. Our main actors had to blend in naturally, they had to partner with the non-professionals, and their performances had to be as authentic and real as possible. Our goal was that the audience wouldn’t be able to tell an actor from a non-actor in the finished film. Margita Gosheva is a real discovery for us in this sense. After she read the script we changed some lines and situations, but the main work was done on set when she was put in the real situations with the real class of 30 children. The sense of authenticity and real life was leading in each element - make-up, costumes, set design, light and sound.
In the beginning we started shooting just different episodes of the film as a teaser while we were trying to find money for the production, but the cast and crew were so inspired by the story that they didn’t want to stop until we had finished the last shot. Everyone worked for deferred payments and we are truly thankful to the cast and crew who were fully devoted to the filmmaking process despite the minimal time we had for the shooting, and the difficult conditions we were working in due to our micro-budget. The film didn’t receive production funding by the Bulgarian Film Center - just like our previous film, JUMP.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Written by : Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Produced by : Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Director of Photography : Krum Rodriguez
Editor : Petar Valchanov
Production Design : Vanina Geleva
Costume Design : Kristina Tomova
Sound Design : Dobromir Hristoskov, Vesselin Zografov
Main Cast : Ivan Burnev (Mladen), Ivan Savov (Stoyan), Deya Todorova (Deya), Stefan Denolyubov (the loan shark), Margita Gosheva (Nadezhda)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Selection 2015