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The Judgment



A film by Stephan Komandarev

By Stephan Komandarev, acclaimed for his film THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER, the biggest Bulgarian international success. With Miki Manojlovic (BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT and IRINA PALM) Mityo and his son Vasko live in a poor area, near to the Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek Border. Mityo had lost everything that has mattered to him - his wife, his work, the confidence of his son. In order to get him back, he has to find forgiveness and pay for his sin, done 25 years ago.

Genre(s): Drama / Family

• Theme(s): Father-Son Relationship / Immigration/Emigration

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The Judgment

  • Stephan Komandarev


    A Bulgarian director, born in 1966. He has graduated from Medical university in Sofia and film and TV direction in New Bulgarian University. He is an EFA member. His feature debut, Dog's House, was presented in Berlinale's Forum. His documentaries Bread Over the Fence and Alphabet of Hope have received numerous national and international awards. His second feature film, The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks around the Corner, is the most widely distributed Bulgarian film internationally - 92 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. It has received over 30 international wards, 10 of them being Audience Awards. It was amongst the shortlisted Best Foreign Language Films, 2010 Oscar.

    2014: The Judgement
    2010: The Town of Badante Women - documentary
    2008: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner
    2004: Alphabet of Hope - documentary
    2002: Bread Over the Fence – documentary
    2000: Dog’s Home

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2014: Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria)
  • 2014: Warsaw Film Festival (Poland) | International competition
  • 2014: Haifa International Film Festival (Israel) | East of the West
  • 2014: CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival (Luxembourg) | Cinéscope
  • 2014: ALTCINE Panorama of European Cinema (Greece)
  • 2014: Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • 2014: Arras Film Festival (France) | Visions de l'Est
  • 2014: Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival (Bulgaria) | CompetitionBest Film and Best Actor
  • 2015: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival (Finland)
  • 2014: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia)
  • 2014: Kolkata International Film Festival (India)
  • 2014: 44th International Film Festival of India (Goa)
  • 2015: Santa Barbara International Film Festival (USA)
  • 2015: 18th Annual European Union Film Festival of Chicago (USA)
  • 2016: 3rd Annual Bulgarian Film Festival in San Francisco (USA)
  • 2016: Vancouver Foreign Film Society (Canada)
  • 2016: Greater Farmington Film Festival (USA)


In a small and poor village in Bulgaria, located close to the border with Turkey and Greece, Mityo loses his job and is forced to accept to work for his former commander in order to keep his house and pay his loans. His job is to smuggle illegal immigrants from Syria through the Bulgarian-Turkish border into the EU. Since the death of his wife, the relations between Mityo and his son are strained. The revelation of a terrible secret will force Mityo to face the past, in order to regain his internal peace and find forgiveness from his son.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 107'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 1,85:1
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Country(ies) of production: Bulgaria
  • Original Language(s): Bulgarian
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Format(s) available: DCP / DVD / HDCAM / ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Assen Blatechki, Miki Manojlovic, Ovanes Torosian
  • Production Manager: Valentin Valkov, Nicole Zscherny
  • Cinematographer: Krasimir Andonov
  • Screenplay: Marin Damyanov, Emil Spahiyski, Stephan Komandarev
  • Editor: Nina Altaparmakova
  • Music: Stefan Valdobrev
  • Costume Design: Elena Stoyanova
  • Executive Producer: Christopher Bojilov

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Argo Films
  • Coproduced by: Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion GmbH, Propeler Film, Sektor Film Skopje