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The Judgment (2014)

Sadilishteto (original title)
A father and a son live in a poor area, near the Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek border.


Stephan Komandarev


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Credited cast:
Assen Blatechki Assen Blatechki ... Mitio
Ovanes Torosian Ovanes Torosian ... Vasko
Ina Nikolova Ina Nikolova ... Maria
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... The Captain (as Miki Manojlovic)
Paraskeva Djukelova Paraskeva Djukelova ... Kera
Meto Jovanovski Meto Jovanovski ... The Doctor
Vasil Vasilev-Zueka Vasil Vasilev-Zueka ... Ramadan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luran Ahmeti Luran Ahmeti ... Yussein
Harry Anichkin Harry Anichkin ... The Captain (voice)
Hristo Mutafchiev Hristo Mutafchiev ... Zhoro


This is the story of Mityo and his son Vasko, who live in a poor area near the Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek border. Mityo has lost his wife, the respect of his 18-year-old son and the job that enabled him to pay off the loan for his mortgaged house. Desperate, he accepts a proposal from his former military commander (Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic) to smuggle illegal Syrian immigrants across the border he once had to defend. The road leads across a peak called The Judgment, a place full of dark memories from thousands of years of history, but also from Mityo's own past. The revelation of his terrible secret will force him to face the past, in order to regain his internal peace and find forgiveness from his son. Written by el_manzana

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Release Date:

21 November 2014 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yagodina, Bulgaria See more »


Box Office


BGL3,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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It was selected as the Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards (2016) but it was not nominated. See more »

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Worthy to be revered.
15 January 2016 | by walionSee all my reviews

This movie proves that good film-making is still alive in Bulgaria. One of the best Bulgarian films I've ever seen in my live. This movie should have won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with its ravishing performances by the actors, breath-taking plot, Steven-Spielberg-style one-shots and exhilarating landscapes.

This is the story of Mitio (The amazing Assen Blatechki), who lives day by day, trying to connect both ends in order to produce a better live for him and his son Vasko (Ovanes Torosian). Mitio's wife, whose name isn't mentioned throughout the film, has died from some kind of illness, again it's not said what kind of illness. Trying to keep her alive, Mitio gets 7000E loan, which he has to return to the bank.

Assen Blatechki is unmistakable in Sadilishteto (The Judgment), he again shows us that there are still good Bulgarian actors, who can perform at a very high level, even capable of staring in Hollywood productions. He fits perfectly to the poor villager demeanor and we can really feel and sense his love towards his son, Vasko. When the story slowly unfolds, we see that Mitio is still being haunted by his dark past, when he used to be a soldier, alas he can't run away from it, even though he tries hard to do so.

Sadilishteto (The Judgment) is a really well-paced movie, with a top-notch long take that lets us know that Bulgarian cinematographers can do it, too! I can't hide my admirations for Stephan Komandarev, who's done an excellent job directing this movie. I truly hope that there would be more movies like this one in the following years. It was a pleasure watching Sadilishteto.

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