Section: Spectrum



Sophia Zornitsa
BG/DE/HR , 2022, 116 Min

How can a new beginning work and what are we willing to give up in return? Theater director Elena must choose between her dream of having a child and the opportunity to help orphans in Africa. Ultimately, she is faced by the question of what her purpose is in life.

Elena is in her early thirties, happily in love and would like to start a family. When she unexpectedly reaches her menopause, her dream of having a child of her own would suddenly appear to be over. Out of the blue, however, the opportunity arises for her to implement a project with orphans in Kenya. And yet, in order to pursue this dream, she has to leave her previous life with husband Leon behind and venture into the unknown. Inspired by the real-life story of theater and opera director Elena Panayotova, director Sophia Zornitsa displays an impressive sensitivity for her main character in narrating the story of a woman who manages to transform her dreams from the impossible to the possible. And to create a, possibly even greater, happiness for society from the personal happiness that was believed to be lost. Predominantly shot in Kenya, the film also takes a critical look at the work of modern NGOs, primarily concerned as they are with questions of brand effect. With its fascinating images from cinematographer Krum Rodriguez, MOTHER combines the elegiac beauty of Bulgarian nature with the pulsating joie de vivre of Kenya.

Text: Joshua Jádi
English: Peter Rickerby

Obenkino: original version with English subtitles.

Weltspiegel (large hall): original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation

Miglena Dimova, Zornitsa Sophia
Krum Luis-Alirio Rodriguez
Dubravka Premar
Victoria Radoslavova, Martin Savov, Zornitsa Sophia
Kalina Chelebieva
Darko Markovič
Daria Simeonova, Leon Lučev, Daria Dimitrova, Peris Wambui, Stephen Adogo, Lamar Munene, Sigan Muigai, Thomas Zerck, a.m.o.
Zornitsa Sophia / Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab, Claritta Kratochwil / Irena Markovič / Yariv Lerner
Mountain Queen Pictures (BG) / ostlicht filmproduktion (DE) / Focus Media (HR) / Nu Boyana (BG)
Sophia Zornitsa

Sophia Zornitsa - Zornitsa Sophia is Master of Fine Arts, major in painting with over 60 exhibitions worldwide. She has written and directed 4 feature films, 2 documentaries, directed 6 tv series, one theater performance and an Opera. Her films are screened at major film festivals like Shanghai,Goa, Sarajevo, Warsaw, Mar del Plata, Moscow, Goa, Cairo, Busan, received over 20 awards, one of them being the national submission for the Academy Awards. Zornitsa Sophia served as a jury member at film festivals and has the passion of leading workshops on filmmaking in a "learning by doing" process.

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