The film is an emotional story about a man was forced to kill a young GDR couple trying to escape across the Bulgarian-Turkish border during communist times and who finds himself smuggling people from Turkey into Bulgaria two decades later.
Stefan Komandarev is the director and scriptwriter of The World is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner produced by RFF International, Pallas Film GmbH and Vertigo/Emotionfilm, which was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 and won more than 35 international prizes.
Marin Damyanov, Emil Spahiyski, Stefan Komandarev wrote the script and Stefan Komandarev is directing. The film is a 1.9 m EUR coproduction between Bulgaria’s Argo Film, Germany’s Neue Mediopilis Filmproduction, Macedonia’s Sektor Film and Croatia’s Propeler Film.
The project is supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Bulgarian National Television, MDM, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, DFFF, the Macedonian Film Fund, the Croatian Audio and Eurimages (250,000EUR).
Shooting took place in extremely difficult conditions including 40% night scenes during October-December 2012. The main actors are: Assen Blatechki, Miki Manojlovic, Ovanes Torossian, Vasil Vasilev-Zueka, Ina Nikolova and Paraskeva Djukelova.
The Judgment will also be screened in the main competition of the Warsaw Film Festiva on 16 October 2014. French company Premium Films already sold the film to Greece. A Plus Film will release the film domestically on 21 November 2014.
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Director: Stefan Komandarev
Script: Marin Damyanov, Emil Spahiyski, Stefan Komandarev
Cinematography: Krasimir Andonov
Music: Stefan Valdobrev
Cast: Asen Blatechki, Miki Manojlovic, Ovanes Torosyan, Ina Nikolova, Vasil Vasilev-Zueka, Paraskeva Djukelova, Hristo Mutafchiev