Smart, angry, self-reliant Dida (15) will stop at nothing to achieve a single tangible goal — to buy a plane ticket, so she can join her estranged mother in the USA.
A special offer on a ticket to New York is to expire in a few hours. Dida steals, blows and bullies for cash. As pressure builds up, she loses her temper, and is suspended from school. Later that day, her pregnancy test reads positive. Just when it seems that things can’t get worse, Dida has yet another furtive conversation with her mother, Zoya, and it brings into focus a truth she has long refused to see — Zoya never intended to take her daughter to America with her.
Dida’s world falls apart. She needs to be held, but, alas so does her only possible anchor, her school friend Iva, currently over-obsessed with her inability to sexually satisfy her 30-year-old boyfriend.
Dida snaps. Everything she has bottled deep inside, every suppressed emotion, every insult, every assault on her body, every disappointment fuel an aggression — both verbal and physical. Furious at the entire world, suddenly epitomized by Iva, Dida chokes her friend in her rage. She only stops when Iva’s lifeless body goes limp. Staring at Iva’s stricken face, Dida feels like she is seeing herself – dead!
When Iva’s phone rings, Dida answers instinctively and has a conversation with Iva’s mother who doesn’t even realize she is not talking to her daughter. Provoked by that incident, having lost any shred of common sense, Dida decides to dress up in Iva’s clothes and become “her” and take over her life.
The transformation takes her into the underbelly of the city and it turns out that what seemed like Iva’s rosy life sprinkled with naive problems was in fact no lesser source of trauma.
Terrified and distressed, having completely lost touch with reality, Dida sneaks into the bed of Iva’s mother, who is deep into her sleep, and cuddles up to her. It is the closest Dida has felt to her dream.
After an accomplished career as an actress on stage and for film, Yana Titova stepped behind the camera and forged a new career path as director. She’s the author of three award-winning short films — The Bridge (2013), Solveig (2014), The House (2015) — and the documentary 88MHz (2016), which screened widely and garnered numerous awards.
Yana’s directorial feature films debut “A Dose Of Happiness” had its theatrical release in Bulgaria in November 2019, and became the highest-grossing Bulgarian film of 2019. The film will show on HBO CEE in May 2020. Dyad would be her second feature.
Yana holds a BA in acting from the Bulgarian National Film and Theatre Academy and an MA in directing from new Bulgarian University. She is a Berlinale Talents alumni.
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