by Nadejda Koseva



Irina, a part-time waitress in a small Bulgarian town, sees her family trapped in poverty, getting fired just as her husband suffers an incapacitating accident.

To make ends meet, she becomes a surrogate mother. As life grows in her belly, so does Irina’s despair, but also a newfound sense of love and forgiveness.



Bulgaria  2018  96mn  1.85:1  5.1  Bulgarian  1st Feature Film

Directed by

Nadejda Koseva

Produced by

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) – CompetitionBest 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) – CompetitionBest feature film Award

Minsk IFF 2018 (Belarus) – Competition

Cottbus FF 2018 (Germany) – CompetitionBest 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

Transilvania IFF 2019 (Romania) –  Supernova section

SKIP CITY Intl D-Cinema FF 2019 (Japan) – Best Director Award

Tarkovsky IFF ” Zerkalo” 2019 (Russia) – Competition

Shanghai IFF 2019 (China) – The Belt and Road Film Week

European Film Festival Palić (Serbia) – Parallels and EncountersCRITICS JURY Special Mention for Martina Apostolova

European Film Academy – Nominated for European Discovery – Fipresci Award

Five Lakes Film Festival – Competition

International Cinematographers’ Festival Manaki Brothers – European Cinema Perspectives

Women Make Waves Film Festival (Taiwain)

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival

Arras Film Festival

Scanorama Film Festival -Crossing Europe


with the support