A teenage girl’s habitual fantasies have unforeseen consequences in Svetla Tsotsorkova’s sensitive take on the apparently mundane lives of a mother and her two daughters.

Dir Svetla Tsotsorkova
Prod Svetoslav Ovcharov
Scr Svetoslav Ovcharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova
With Monika Naydenova, Svetlana Yancheva, Elena Zamyarkova
Sales Film Republic
With English subtitles

Like her award-winning debut Thirst (LFF 2015), Tsotsorkova’s latest drama is centred on a professional occupation – the making and selling of ceramic figures at a wayside shop. Rayna is a defiant teenager who says what she thinks and makes up stories to impress potential customers, but her fantasy world uncovers a hidden reality when she becomes involved with her sister’s boyfriend. Focusing on the world of a single mother and her two daughters, Sister is, according to Tsotsorkova, ‘a confession of love to those who live a seemingly unnoticeable life’. Strikingly composed and featuring superb performances by its leads, Tsotsorkova’s drama has its fair share of twists and more than a few unexpected encounters as the three protagonists engage with the world around them.

Peter Hames

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Svetla Tsotsorkova, director; Svetoslav Ovcharov, producer.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can’t guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Filmmakers’ attendance made possible thanks to the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London.