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    Letters from Antarctica

    DIANA (33) is an ophthalmologist who lives only with her son, NIKI (6). Her husband and Niki’s father, IVO, is a member of the country’s expedition to Antarctica. Diana and Niki have recently relocated to the capital, Sofia, where they have no friends or acquaintances. Niki starts attending preschool. He has a strong attachment to his father and always looks forward to receiving his emails. Niki treasures every single item he gets as a gift from Ivo and carries it around with him everywhere.

    One day, while Diana and Niki are out for a walk in the park, she bumps into an old acquaintance. The woman offers Diana her condolences and inquires about Diana’s recovery after Ivo’s death. It turns out that the father had died in a car incident and the expedition to Antarctica was a fake plot designed by Diana in her attempt to save her son the grief of the loss. During all the long months she was the one writing the emails, buying the gifts and making the collages. Diana has shown ingenuity and creativity, creating the alternative reality of an illusion for Niki; she keeps him away from all ties to the past in order to prevent him from discovering the terrible truth.

    Along the way, quite inadvertently, Petar (35) becomes involved in the web of lies. He is a member of the real expedition to Antarctica. Niki clings to him as the only connection he has to his father. Petar becomes part of their lives and Diana falls in love with him. The two begin a secret relationship; with time Petar finds it more and more challenging to live in the shadow of Diana’s dead husband. He insists on telling Niki the truth and moving on, but Diana rejects any such suggestion with horror.

    Bulgaria

    Teodora Markova

    Teodora has graduated a master degree in TV advertising at St.Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia. She attended the 2009 seminar “Powerful stories in TV drama” – Writers’ Network, Budapest and the Fremantle Media`s “Screenwriting for long running drama series”. In 2010 Teodora attended the Professional course “Character`s arch and conflicts” with Josie Ward in London and “Story development and character goals” – Euroscript, London.

    She is the creator of four successful long-running prime time TV series in Bulgaria and was the head-writer of five. “FORBIDDEN LOVE” was the first successful TV series in Bulgaria since the fall of Communism. “UNDERCOVER” was sold by New Films International to more than 140 TV stations in China, UK, Germany, Turkey, USA and Latin America. It has won several awards in Bulgaria including “Golden Iris” and the Bulgarian Film Academy Award for TV series. The hit series “GLAS HOME” was sold in 13 countries.

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