Directed by Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova, drama, 92 min, in English, 16+
Written by Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova
With Irina Atanasova, Angel Genov, Orlin Asenov, Gilda Waugh, Chinwe A Nwokolo
In their debut feature film Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, nicknamed the ‘demonic duo’ for the sharpness of their documentary approach, depict the life on a housing estate in today’s London, while exploring difficult issues, such as immigration, xenophobia and Brexit.
Gentrification plans have brought astronomic bills for property owners and threaten to break the haphazardly fragile peace in the community. In the eye of the storm, Irina, a Bulgarian single mother, tries hard to find a job as an architect and refuses to live on social benefits like most of her neighbours. She initiates an appeal against the bills, which she plans to send to the Council, but the English proprietors assure her that any attempt to fight the system is doomed. Meanwhile, Irina’s family and their neighbours on the dole clash over the ownership of a cat. Little by little, she realises she is trapped in the walls of her own property and, on a different level, in her mind.
Locarno IFF 2019 (Concorso Internazionale, Nominee)
Sarajevo FF 2019 (Official Competition, Nominee)