original title Irina
Bulgaria, 2018, 96 min, Bulgarian, 16+
director Nadejda Koseva
script Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletic, Nadejda Koseva
director of photography Kiril Prodanov
production design Ivelina Mineva
editor Nina Altaparmakova
music Petar Dundakov
producer Stefan Kitanov
сast Martina Apostolova, Hristo Ushev, Irini Jambonas, Kasiel Noah Asher, Alexander Kossev, Krassimir Dokov, Ivan Savov

awarded Best Debut Film and Award for Outstanding Actress for Martina Apostolova at Cottbus FF of Young East European Cinema (2018), Award of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers at Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature FF (2018), Award for Best Actress in International Young Cinema Competition for Martina Apostolova at Hong Kong IFF (2019), Best Feature Film at Tirana IFF, AL (2018), Ecumenical Jury Award for Nadejda Koseva (director) and Special Jury Award for Martina Apostolova (actor) at Warsaw IFF (2018).
participant of Minsk IFF (2018).
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.

Film will be presented by director Nadejda Koseva
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. 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 first feature film Irina was selected in Warsaw IFF 2018 in its International Competition for world premiere.

Nadejda Koseva