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Glory
Autumn 2017
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Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s follow-up to The Lesson is a social parable cum chess game about a pawn who gets unwillingly promoted, tries to take out a queen and ends up sacrificed. Bearded railway linesman Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) discovers millions of lev on the train tracks. When he reports the money rather than pocketing it, his co-workers label him the “fool of the nation,” but the Ministry of Transport—currently embroiled in a scandal—takes the opportunity to parade about their new hero. Little do they know that Tsanko is a loser who suffers from a debilitating stutter and might not be the best exemplar of Bulgarian honesty and responsibility on TV.

But compared to the intense and driven Julia Staikov (the amazing Margita Gosheva), he’s an angel sent from heaven. When Julia removes his watch—the titular Glory, inscribed and presented to him by his father—for the ceremony to present him with an improved digital model, it sets off a chain of events that threatens to bring down the Ministry thanks to a combination of corruption, irresponsibility and arrogance..