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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)

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)

Competition Fiction 2019

Nadejda Koseva

Bulgaria 2018
96 minutes

Kiril Prodanov
Nina Altaparmakova
Momchil Bozhkov
Petar Dundakov
Martina Apostolova, Irini Jambonas, Hristo Ushev, Kasiel Noah Asher, Alexander Kossev, Krassimir Dokov
Stefan Kitanov



Art Fest
World Sales

Alpha Violet

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Warsaw Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Audience Award - Best Fiction Film € 1.000,-
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