Award for Debut Feature, Awards for the Best Actress for Martina Apostolova and the Award of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers
The jury of the 36th Bulgarian Feature Film Festival “Golden Rose” 2018 decided to give the award for Best Debut Feature to “IRINA” directed by Nadejda Koseva.
The prize for the Best actress was presented to the talented Martina Apostolova, who embodies the role of the main protagonist Irina. The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers also was charmed by the film and decided to give its traditional award to “IRINA”.
The International premiere of “IRINA” will be very soon – in the main Competition at 34th Warsaw International Film Festival. The film will participate also in the competition programmes of several prestigious international film forums this autumn.
Nadja Koseva has in her filmography three shorts with very successful festival participation. “The Ritual” is a part of the omnibus film “Lost & Found”, opened The Forum of Young Cinema in Berlin. “Omelette” was awarded with Special Mention diploma in Sundance, and “Take Two” took Special Mention diploma in Sarajevo.
The film tells a story of a young woman who lives in a small mining town. She needs to save her family from the poverty so her decision is to become a surrogate mother, carrying some strangers’ child for money. In time Irina will discover what love means and will learn how to forgive…
Presented as a project at SOFIA MEETINGS, “IRINA” was developed with the support of MEDIA Programme of the EU, SEE Cinema Network and ScripTeast, Bulgarian National Film Center. The film is an Art Fest Production, in co-production with: Front Film, Doli Media Studio, Right Solutions, with the support of Bulgarian National Film Center.
The cast of “IRINA” includes Martina Apostolova, Hristo Ushev, Irini Jambonas, Kasiel Noah Asher, Alexander Kossev, Krassimir Dokov. The script was written by Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletic and Nadejda Koseva. DOP is Kiril Prodanov, art director - Ivelina Mineva, costume designer - Viktor Andreev, make-up artist - Petya Simeonova, editor - Nina Altaparmakova, music was composed by Petar Dundakov, sound recordist and mixer - Momchil Bojkov. Co-producers - Svetla Tsotsorkova, Dobromir Chochov, Todor G. Todorov. Producer is Stefan Kitanov. International sales agent is the French company Alpha Violet.
Congratulations to Nadejda Koseva, Martina Apostolova, the cast and the crew of the film!