ELENA dreams to make theater since childhood in conflict with her mother who says
all artists are prostitutes with no families and no children. Workaholic Elena stages
unwatchable performances and under stress, she loses her period at the age of 32. She
tries a hormone intervention with her husband and professional guru HANS, a much older
Dutch artist, believing she will have his baby, because she loves him. He doesn’t want it
that much though having kids of his own and conquering professional peaks.
Accidentally, Elena encounters orphans in a mountain village in Bulgaria and transforms
the European project she leads into one developing artistic skills for orphans. The concert
at the end of the project shows great improvement for children’s communication skills.
Impressed, Hans calls this her best “theater” so far and proposes her to have an in vitro
baby, interrupted by his friend BURT, who asks Elena to export her method in Kenya
where the need is huge. Elena has to make a decision. She chooses Africa.
In Kenya Elena is shocked, the pain and perversions are massive and she runs away
helpless. Accident shows her the way and she returns to Kenya, determinedly working with
European artists. When leaving at the end of their project the kids hate her… They learn
what “dream” means and are left with a bigger gap in their life. With a feeling of failure,
Elena struggles back home with her theater and separating with Hans. She returns to
Kenya only to be with one ill child, JOMO.
Jomo dies leaving Elena with a new way. She decides to educate local artists “giving birth
to mothers”. The European financing backs off, as there are no European elements involved
anymore. Sudden help comes from nowhere, traces lead to Hans.
Documentary footage: Elena, now 50, although with no child of her own, is being called
“Mom” by over 3000 orphans in both Bulgaria and Kenya. Based on a true story.
October 22, 2018
Zornitsa Sophia is a Master of Fine Arts with major in painting, alumni of NAFA, Sofia. She specialized in School of Visual Arts, New York and American University, Washington DC. As an initiative of her own, she restored the church in the Sofia Male Prison, together with the convicts. She worked 4 years as Art Director in EURO RSCG while she took part in over 50 visual arts festivals and exhibitions around the world with video art, installations, actions and paintings, before she got involved with filmmaking. She specialized directing under the supervision of Academic Lyudmil Staykov in National Academy of Film and Theatre Sofia for one year.
Her first film as writer, director and producer is MILA FROM MARS (2004) „the film marks the bow of a director to watch” (Variety), “full of invention and daring” (FIPRESCI review), “wild young cinema” (at Manheim-Heidelberg IFF) won 16 awards, including Best Film and Extra Special Jury Award for Ensamble Cast at Sarajevo IFF, Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize and Ecumenical Jury Award at Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF, 5 awards at Bulgarian National Film Festival „Golden Rose” including Best Film, Best Actress and Best Debut. The film was the Bulgarian submission for the Academy Awards’05 and a national box office hit, released theatrically, on DVD, on TV and sold in 5 countries.
In 2005 Zornitsa Sophia delivered her daughter and her first documentary DEATH AND ALL THE WAY BACK, followed by the documentary MODUS VIVENDI 2006, her second feature film FORECAST, 2009 released theatrically, on DVD and on TV, “an optimistic realism” by the German press, developed with the support of MEDIA Programme of the European Community.
“VOEVODA” is Zornitsa Sophia’s third feature film as writer, director and producer and first as actress. It premiered at two A category film festivals – Shanghai IFF (World) and Moscow IFF (International) and is a national box office hit with record admissions, realeased also on the biggest Bulgarian TV channel, sold internationally by Ytinifni Pictures.
Zornitsa Sophia directed over 30 episodes in 6 prime time TV series: KANTORA MITRANI (2011), WHERE IS MAGI (2012), HOME AREST (2012), SEX, LIES AND TV (2013), TREE OF LIFE (2013) STOLEN LIFE (2016, 2017, 2018).
Following her successful theatrical debut in January 2013 with the awarded WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING by Andrew Bovell (ASKEER and 2 awards) Zornitsa Sophia develops couple of new theater projects.
Zornitsa Sophia is member of Bulgarian Film Directors Association and Unity of Bulgarian Filmmakers since 2005 and since 2011 she is a voting member of the European Film Academy. She has served as a Jury member in several film festivals: Warsaw IFF, Valencia IFF, Pilzen FF and NATFA FF and in the Artistic Committee of Bulgarian National Film Center.
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