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.
A young woman, Irina, agrees to carry another couple’s child for money. She needs the money to support her own family. Irina hates the world she lives in. It is a poor, gloomy, stinking, animalistic, scowling, hopeless world. Ironically, at the end of the film when she does have the financial possibility to make a choice, Irina decides to go back home – where her heart is.
IRINA is a film about forgiveness. A story that raises moral and ethical questions, but also leads us to a place where their answers become irrelevant. To a place where forgiving is the only way to overcome the despair, pain and anger. The only way to survive.
IRINA catches a glimpse of the poetic in a world that at first glance appears anything but poetic. The film tells the story using simple means of expression. It does not rely on stylised, intrusive and non-standard visual approaches. It is maximally authentic and instils in the viewer a sense of sincerity. It peers so closely at the real and the concrete that in drawing closer, under the guise of everyday life, another image, another presence starts to peek through.
Being raised without a father this film is my deep bow to every mother.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Nadejda Koseva
Written by: Bojan Vuletic, Nadejda Koseva, Svetoslav Ovcharov
Produced by: Stefan Kitanov
Cinematography: Kiril Prodanov
Editing: Nina Altaparmakova
Production Design: Ivelina Mineva
Costume Design: Viktor Andreev
Hair & Make-up: Petya Simeonova
Original Score: Petar Dundakov
Sound: Momchil Bozhkov
Main Cast: Martina Apostolova (Irina), Hristo Ushev (Sasho), Kasiel Noah Asher (Lyudmila), Irini Jambonas (Eva), Alexander Kossev (Bozhidar), Krassimir Dokov (Varlaam)
Nominations and Awards
- European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2019