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Doha Film Institute Qumra

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Thirst (Jajda)

Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova

  • Bulgaria 2015; 90 min
  • Original version: Bulgarian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Cast - Minsk FF
    • Silver Atlas for Best Director - Arras IFF
    • Best Bulgarian Feature Film - Sofia IFF
    • Best Film (New Europe - New Names), Best Actress (Monika Naydenova) - Vilnius IFF
    • Audience Award - Crossing Europe FF
    • Jury Special Mention - Transilvania IFF

  • San Sebastián FF

  • From the director of SISTER presented at Doha Film Institute Qumra


White sheets flap around in the wind somewhere on a hilltop in the Bulgarian outback. It’s the laundry of several local hotels with which a married couple and their 16-year-old son eke out a living. The intermittent water supply caused by the scorching hot summer is jeopardising their business, and a well-digging father and his pubescent daughter are called in to solve the problem. While searching for a new spring, the two families slowly get to know each other, and it transpires that there’s a much greater thirst than that for water – the thirst for love, which soon turns the simple life of our protagonists on its head.

Director's Statement

Thirst is an intimate, lived-through, autobiographical 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.




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