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

A couple and their teen-aged 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 well on their arid hill. But ultimately, these newcomers quench a thirst that is much stronger than that for mere water.

Director's Statement

THIRST is an intimate, lived-through, auto-biographical film.

THIRST is a film about the kind of love that comes upon us when we least expect it. About the kind of love that knows no boundaries. About the kind of love, for which there is no “convenient” age or time. About the kind of love that can turn you into a murderer. About the kind of love that is more powerful than death. About the kind of love that forces us to remain human.

Director's Biography

Svetla Tsotsorkova was born in Burgas in 1977.
In 2004 she graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. Since then she has been working mainly as a producer and actress. Her first short film as a director, LIFE WITH SOPHIA, was not only recognised by various international film festivals, among them the International Critiques week in Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Telluride, Brussels, Cottbus, Regensburg, Drama, etc. but also won awards at Trieste, Sofa, Lodz, Beijing and Poitiers.

2005 - MY MOTHER, short
2004 - LIFE WITH SOPHIA, short

READ the interview with director Svetla Tsotsorkova

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Svetla Tsotsorkova

Written by: Svetoslav Ovcharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova, Ventsislav Vasilev

Produced by: Nadejda Koseva, Svetla Tsotsorkova

Cinematography: Vesselin Hristov

Editing: Nina Altaparmakova, Svetla Tsotsorkova

Production Design: Georgi Todorov-Jozy

Costume Design: Elena Stoyanova

Original Score: Hristo Namliev

Sound Design: Valeria Popova

Main Cast: Monika Naydenova (the girl), Alexander Benev (the boy), Ivaylo Hristov (the boy's father), Svetlana Yancheva (the boy's mother)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2016