by Svetla Tsotsorkova


In the struggle of daily existence, the thirst for love may be greater than that for life itself.

A couple and their teenage son eke out a living on a hilltop, doing the laundry for local hotels, despite the intermittent water supply. Their simple life is overturned by the arrival of a father-and-daughter team of diviner and well-digger, who promise to bring an end to this precarious existence by finding a source on their arid hill. But ultimately, these newcomers quench a thirst that is much stronger than that for mere water.


Bulgaria  2015  90mn  2.39:1  5.1  Bulgarian  1st Feature Film

written by

Svetoslav Ovcharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova, Ventsislav Vasilev

produced by

Nadejda Koseva & Svetla Tsotsorkova (Front Film)


Monika Naydenova (The Girl)

Alexander Benev  (The Boy)

Svetlana Yancheva  (The Boy’s mother)

Ivaylo Hristov   (The Boy’s father)

Vassil Mihajlov (The Girl’s father)

Ivan Barnev   (The driver)

Stefan Mavrodijev (The Shopkeeper)

Film Crew

Vesselin Hristov (DOP)

Nina Altaparmakova & Svetla Tsotsorkova (Editor)

Elena Stoyanova  (Costume Designer)

Hristo Namliev  (Composer)

Valeria Popova  (Sound Designer)

Georgi Todorov-Jozy (Production Designer)

Festivals & Awards

  • San Sebastian – New Directors competition (2015) – World Premiere
  • London BFI, UK – Love Section
  • Zurich, Switzerland – Competition
  • Haifa, Israel – Competition
  • Hamburg, Germany, KaleidosKop & Competition New Talent Award Section
  • CinEast, Luxembourg
  • Golden Rose, Bulgaria – Awarded for Best Debut Film & Best Cinematography
  • Warsaw, Competition 1-2
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil – Competition
  • Thessaloniki, Greece – Balkan Survey – Competition
  • Minsk, Listapad, Belarus- Best Cast Award, Jury Prize
  • Arras, France – Competition – Best Mise En Scène – Direction Award
  • Cinedays – Skopje, Macedonia – Competition
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bright Future
  • Göteborg FF, Panorama
  • Spirit of Fire (Khanty-Mansysk), Competition
  • Guadalajara, Panorama
  • Bergamo, Competition
  • Wales One World, Panorama
  • Sofia, Intl Competition – Best Bulgarian feature
  • FebioFest (Prague) – Balkan Beats
  • Créteil (France), Competition
  • Vilnius, New Europe – New Names- Best Film, Best Actress
  • Istanbul, Golden Tulip Intl Competition
  • Balkan Trafik (Belgium)
  • San Francisco IFF, New Directors Competition
  • Crossing Europe, Austria, Audience Award-Best fiction film
  • National Festival of Cinematography Art “Golden Eye” – Best Bulgarian Cinematography
  • Zlin, Czech Republic – Panorama
  • Cluj- Transilvania, Romania – Special Mention for Best Actors
  • Academy Award in Bulgaria – Best First Feature, Best Production Design and Best Actress Awards
  • Tarkovsky Festival, Russia
  • Treplice, Slovakia
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • La Rochelle, France
  • Auckland/Wellington, New Zealand
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Palic, Serbia
  • Manaki Brothers, Macedonia
  • Vukova, Croatia
  • Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico
  • Helsinki Love & Anarchy, Finland
  • Rencontre Films Femmes Mediterannée à Marseille, France
  • Inverness, UK
  • UMEA European festival, Sweden
  • Cinergia, Poland,
  • New Horizons FF – linked with EFA award Ceremony
  • Elles Tournent, Belgium
  • Annonay Festival 2017, France
  • Rencontres du Cinéma Slovaque et de l’Est, France – Prix des Cinéphiles

Press Quotes

Screen – Lee Marshall “fascinating” ; ” an odd western” ; “remarkable achievement” ; “there is something of Fellini’s La Strada here” ,

“This is very much a film about five lost people: and it’s a remarkable achievement, on the part of the director, the writers and the actors, that we care about every single one of them”. 

Cineuropa –  Stefan Dobroiu

 “An aesthetic achievement”.

The Guardian – Samuel Goff

Tsotsorkova traces an oblique narrative of suspicion and sexuality”. 

Calvert Journal – Samuel Goff

“Remarkably assured for a feature debut”. 

Variety – Jay Weissberg

Beautifully crafted” , “subtly told story”, “subtle flair”, “memorable moments”

Tsotsorkova’s eye for the undemonstratively poetic turns something almost commonplace into a reflection of mood”…