About the film

A wedding. A girl. A closet. And the choice to be made once and for all – against the current or against herself.

Slava Doytcheva, Martina Apostolova, Silva Milkovska

Written and Directed by: Slava Doytcheva
Produced by: Ralitza Petrova; Co-produced by: Nikolay Todorov, Poli Angelova, Vessela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
Director of photography by: Kiril Prodanov
Edited by: Donka Ivanova and Slava Doycheva
Costume Design by Elena Stoyanova
Production Design by: Ivelina Mineva

Country: Bulgaria
Production company: Aporia Filmworks, co-production: Screening Emotions, Activist 38

About the author

Slava Doycheva

Slava (b.1988, Sofia) began her journey in cinema as a teenage actor with lauded performances in Bulgarian features. Soon after, she did a MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School and delved straight into her own stories. Slava’s work is an intimate search of spirituality lost and family bonds severed, navigating the crossroads of queer life in Bulgaria. Her last three shorts have received over 15 awards and screened in over 60 festivals such as Sarajevo, Uppsala, Riga, Tallinn, and Cottbus. An alumna of the Berlinale Short Film Station, Sarajevo Talents, Locarno Filmmaker’s Academy, and winner of the European Short Pitch in 2019. Currently a residency fellow at the Basel Filmhaus, Switzerland.

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Author's quote: "I had many fears. All throughout. And I was afraid I may not do it right and that could be a blow because of the huge personal stakes of coming out publicly. It’s a hindrance to the creative flow but I wanted this film to be perfect. This is something that often happens with queer people. We have this syndrome that we have to be so amazing and faultless as if we have to be perfect so that we could be accepted."

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