When a retired, recently widowed teacher falls prey to a phone scam, she’s left robbed of her life savings and without money for her late husband’s grave. Her life turns upside down when she realizes that there is no way of getting her money back, up until she receives an alluring, yet suspicious offer for work. The tables turn as she takes matters into her own hands and cash begins rolling in, this time claiming her most prized attribute: her values, as she slowly and surely transforms into the scammer herself. This eerie suspense drama gradually chronicles the journey of a woman swirling into the vicious cycle of the dog-eat-dog reality outside her window.
Stephan Komandarev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1966. and graduated in Film & TV directing at the New Bulgarian University. His works include award-winning feature and documentary films. He is a lecturer at the Film Department of the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. Komandarev is a 2011 EAVE graduate and a Member of the European Film Academy, Bulgarian Film Directors’ Association and Bulgarian Film Producers’ Association.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival:
– Crystal Globe for Best Film
– Prize of the Ecumenial Jury
– Best Actress (Eli Skorcheva)
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DIRECTOR: Stephan Komandarev
COUNTRY: Bulgaria, Germany
CAST: Eli Skorcheva, Gerasim Georgiev, Rozalia Abgarian, Ivan Barnev
PRODUCTION: Argo Film, 42film
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