In The Lesson, school teacher Nadezhda (Margita Gosheva) struggles against the odds to keep her home, her family and her integrity intact. An act of theft in her classroom is just the beginning of an escalating series of challenges, as Nadezhda faces financial precarity at home that sees her seek ever more risky solutions. The ethical questions that The Lesson poses are realised with a deft naturalism of performance and rhythm that draws you in and holds you throughout.
“Writer/directors Grozeva and Valchanov keep the pace swift and the tension high in this utterly absorbing and thought-provoking drama.” – Screen Machine team
We know that some of our audiences want to see a broader range of films, so, alongside our usual programme, between August – October this year we’re bringing six different films to six different locations. Each film has been chosen specially by one of six members from the Screen Machine team. This is an outstanding selection of international titles spanning decades, a variety of genres and innovative filmmaking styles. We’ve delved deep into our fondest memories of cinema-going to choose films that inspire, challenge and entertain. These are films we love – we hope you’ll love them too.
All films with English subtitles. Screen Machine has wheelchair access. If you are a wheelchair user, we ask you to please call our office in advance in order that we can prepare in advance of your visit – (0131) 550 3734. We can book your ticket and arrange entry for any carer who may accompany you. For hearing aid users, we have a personal inductive neckloop facility, If you would find this facility useful, please ask the operator or usher when you arrive.
If there are titles here that you want to see but won’t get the chance, let us know! Or if you see one of the Films We Love, tell us what you think. We’ll listen to all the feedback on this project and use it to inform our future programmes. You can get in touch via email at email@example.com or via: