Irina is a part-time waitress in a small Bulgarian town. On the very same day when she is fired, her husband gets into a serious accident. Irina’s family is trapped in poverty.
To make ends meet, she becomes a surrogate mother.
Fights, despair and the seed of life growing in her belly bring on another wave to this rough and wrecked life.
Slowly, Irina discovers what it means to love and to forgive.
Bulgaria – 2018 – 96 min – HD – 1:2.35 -5.1- Bulgarian- First feature film
Stefan Kitanov – Artfest
Co-producer – Svetla Tsotsorkova
with the support of the Bulgarian National Film Center, Media Development Program, SEEC Network
Irina Martina Apostolova
Sasho Hristo Ushev
Eva Irini Jambonas
Ludmila Kasiel Noah Asher
Varlaam Krassimir Dokov
Scriptwriters Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletic & Nadejda Koseva
Director of photography Kiril Prodanov
Editor Nina Altaparmakova
Production designer Ivelina Mineva
Costume designer Viktor Andreev
Make up artist Petya Simeonova
Sound Momchil Bozhkov
Nadejda Koseva was born in 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. After graduating from the Bulgarian National Film and Television Academy, she directed the short fiction novel THE RITUAL, a part of the omnibus film LOST AND FOUND which premiered at FORUM Berlin IFF 2005. Nadejda Koseva’s next short fiction film OMELETTE won a Special mention at Sundance Film Festival’ 2009 among other awards worldwide. Her latest short film TAKE TWO traveled around the world after winning a Special mention at its premier at Sarajevo 2011.
Her debut feature film IRINA is supported by the Bulgarian National Film Centre and is in post-production.
Festivals & Awards
Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature FF 2018 (Bulgaria) – Competition – Best first Film, Best Actress and Award from Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers
Warsaw IFF 2018 (Poland) – Intl Competition – Special Jury Award for Martina Apostolova (Actress) and Ecumenical Jury Award
Toffifest 2018 (Poland) – Forward section
Tirana FF 2018 (Albania) – Competition – Best feature film Award
Minsk IFF 2018 (Belarus) – Competition
Cottbus FF 2018 (Germany) – Competition – Best First Feature film Award & Best Actress Award
Marrakech IFF 2018 (Morocco) – Competition
Tbilissi IFF 2018 (Georgia) – Competition – Special mention to the actress Martina Apostolova
Hong Kong IFF 2019 – Young Cinema Competition – Best Actress Award
Fajr International film Festival – Competition – Best Actress Award
Crossing Europe Film Festival 2019 (Austria) – Competition – Audience Award
Bif&st-Bari IFF 2019 (Italy) – Competition – Special mention for Martina Apostolova
SEEfest USA 2019 – Best Feature film, Best Debut feature, Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award