Thirst

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    Thirst

    Jajda

    Directed by

    Bulgaria

    2015

    90 min

    • Bulgarian

    Drama

    San Sebastián FF

    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.

    Awards

    • 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

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Monika Naydenova
    Alexander Benev
    Svetla Yancheva
    Ivaylo Hristov
    Vassil Mihajlov
    Stefan Mavrodiyev
    Ivan Barnev
    Screenplay
    Svetoslav Ovcharov
    Svetla Tsotsorkova
    Ventsislav Vasilev
    Cinematography
    Vesselin Hristov
    Editing
    Nina Altaparmakova
    Svetla Tsotsorkova
    Music
    Hristo Namliev

    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.

    Sales
    ALPHA VIOLET
    Production
    FRONT FILM

    Press

    A remarkable achievement.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    An aesthetic achievement.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    Svetla Tsotsorkova

    Svetla Tsotsorkova

    Bulgaria

    I believe that people expose themselves in better ways when you put them in a raw environment.

    Svetla Tsotsorkova was born in Burgas in 1977. In 2004 she graduated 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 recognized by various international film festivals among which International Critiques week in Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Telluride, Brussels, Cottbus, Regensburg, Drama etc. but also won awards at Trieste, Sofa, Lodz, Beijing, Poitiers. Her first feature film is THIRST.