The Father

  • Feature
  • 2019
  • 85 Minutes
  • Bulgaria, Greece
  • Language: Bulgarian

A quirky father tests the nerves of his estranged son at their wife and mother’s funeral. A sleepless night follows as the father obsesses over the last phone conversation with his wife. She had something important to tell him and he couldn’t hear her out.

Director: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Screenwriter: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Production Company: Abraxas Film, Graal Films

Premier Status: National premiere



2019: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Competition, Crystal Globe, Best Film/ Toronto International Film Festival, Contemporary World Cinema/ Golden Rose Film Festival, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (for Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov)

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Producer: Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, Kostantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou

Editor: Petar Valchanov

Music: Hristo Namliev

Sound: Ivan Andreev

DOP / Camera: Krum Rodriguez

Cast: van Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov


Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov have been working together since they were students at Bulgaria’s NATFA. “The Lesson” is their first feature film, awarded at San Sebastián, Tokyo, Warsaw, Gothenburg, Thessaloniki, Sofia Film Fest and many other international film festivals. “Glory” is their second feature which premiere was in Locarno 2016. “Glory” won more than 35 awards. They
are members of the European Film Academy. Films: “Forced Landing” (TV ficiton 50 min.) “Jump” (short ficiton 30 min.), “Parable of Life” (documentary 35
min.), “Bridgeless rivers” (documentary 72 min.) “The Lesson” (ficiton 110 min.)

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