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.
Hristo Ushev, Martina Apostolova
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
Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletic, Nadejda Koseva
DOP / Camera
Born in 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. After graduating from the Bulgarian National Film and Television Academy, Nadejda Koseva directed the short fiction novel THE RITUAL, part of the omnibus film LOST AND FOUND which premiered at FORUM Berlin IFF 2005. Her 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.
IRINA is her first feature film.
Everything looks familiar
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.