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IRINA

IRINA

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.

Language
  • Bulgarian
Runtime
96
Production Year
2018
Film Type
Feature
Production Countries
  • Bulgaria
Casts
Hristo Ushev, Martina Apostolova
Production Company
Art Fest
Premier Status
Asian Premiere
Festivals / Awards
  • 2018: Warsaw International Film Festival, Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Award, Winner of the Special Jury Award for Martina Apostolova (actor), Nominee for Grand Prix, In-Competition section, Poland
  • 2018: Tirana International Film Festival, Winner of the Golden Owl Award for the Best Feature Film, Albania
  • 2018: Minsk International Film Festival, Nominee for Grand Prix for the Best Film, Belarus
  • 2018: Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, Winner of the Award of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers for the Best Director. Winner of the Golden Rose Award for the Best First Feature, Winner of the Golden Rose Award for the Best Actress (Martina Apostolova), Nominee for Golden Rose Award for Best Feature film
  • 2018: Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, Winner of the Best Debut Film, Winner of the Award for Outstanding Actress (Martina Apostolova), Nominee for the Main Prize for Best Film

Crew List

Director
Nadejda Koseva
Screenwriter
Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletic, Nadejda Koseva
Producer
Stefan Kitanov
DOP / Camera
Kiril Prodanov
Editor
Nina Altaparmakova
Music
Petar Dundakov
Sound
Momchil Bozhkov
Production Designer
Ivelina Mineva

Director/s

Nadejda Koseva
Nadejda Koseva
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Film Critic

Everything looks familiar

Amir Pouria
Amir Pouria

Irina is the story of a part-time waitress, Irina, in a small mining town in Bulgaria. On the very same day when she is fired, her husband gets into a serious accident. Irina’s family is trapped in poverty and she needs to save her family. To make ends meet, she decides to become a surrogate mother, carrying some stranger’s child for money. Fights, despair and the seed of life growing in her belly bring on another wave to her rough and wrecked life. In time, Irina discovers what it means to love and to forgive. The unpleasant family, social and economic situation, ups and downs of the story, the natural acting, hand-held shooting and linear procedure are known elements in this kind of cinema.In addition, the way the film deals with moral issues and judgment is quite refreshing and effective. For instance, at the dinner scene Irina talks about feeling guilty for slandering Varlam and he in turn admits his mistake.


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