Nadejda Koseva’s debut drama echoes the work of her compatriot Kristina Grozeva (The Lesson, shown at CE'15): Carried by newcomer Martina Apostolova in the title role, Koseva portrays a woman’s struggle with men and society in general: When she loses her job and her husband has an accident, she tries to earn money as a surrogate mother. Always ready to challenge inequality, Irina is full of passion and drive - but she must also discover what it means to love and to forgive. Koseva directs with great verve and confidence in this debut, building on the experience gleaned from her short films. (André Simonoviescz, Filmuforia)

Director's Biography
Nadejda Koseva
Nadejda Koseva studied at NATFA, Sofia. Her debut short "The Ritual", part of the omnibus film "Lost and Found" (CE'05), had its world premiere at Berlinale 2005. Her short "Omelette" received a Special Mention at Sundance 2009, "Take Two" got a Special Mention at Sarajevo Film Festival 2011. Koseva worked as a producer on Svetla Tsotsorkova's feature „Thirst“ (CE'16). "Irina" is her feature debut.

Film Selection: Irina (2018) - Vtori dubal (Take Two, 2011, short) - Omlet (Omelette, 2009, short) - The Ritual (2005, short, part of "Lost and Found", CE'05) - Sadbata na Veronika (Veronika's Destiny, 2002, short doc)
2019: CROSSING EUROPE Audience Award - Best Fiction Film
Competition Fiction 2019
Nadejda Koseva
Bulgaria 2018
96 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletic, Nadejda Koseva
Cinematography Kiril Prodanov
Editing Nina Altaparmakova
Sound/Sounddesign Momchil Bozhkov
Music Petar Dundakov
With Martina Apostolova, Irini Jambonas, Hristo Ushev, Kasiel Noah Asher, Alexander Kossev, Krassimir Dokov
Producer(s) Stefan Kitanov
Art Fest
World Sales
Alpha Violet
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Warsaw Film Festival 2018
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Warsaw Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

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