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Women do cry

Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova

08.09 UGC De Brouckère 19:00 TICKETS
09.09 Galeries 18:00 TICKETS
Fiction . 107' . Bulgaria, France . 2021 . BG / ST : FR/EN/NL

An injured stork, a woman in the midst of postnatal depression, a young girl confronted with the stigma of HIV, a mother who seeks a little magic in the lunar calendar … Sisters, mothers and daughters confront their frailties and the absurdity of life as violent protests and debates about gender tear their country, Bulgaria, apart.

National Premiere

In the presence of the film crew

STARRING

Sonja Maria Bakalova

Lora Ralitsa Stoyanova

Ana Katia Kazakova

Veronica Bilyana Kazakova

Yoana Vesela Kazakova

The Father Iossif Surchadzhiev

Maria Rositza Gevrenova

Katerina Siana Georgieva

Drago Gragomir Kostadonov

Tina Dobriela Popova

WRITER

Mina Mileva

Vesela Kazakova

Bilyana Kazakova

DIRECTOR

Mina Mileva

Vesela Kazakova

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Dimitar KOSTOV

SOUND

Jean-Pierre HALBWACHS

Gadou NAUDIN

FILM EDITING

Donka Ivanova 

Yann Dedet

MUSIC

Andy Cowton

PRODUCTION

ACTIVIST38

ICI ET LA PRODUCTIONS

In Coproduction with

ARTE FRANCE CINEMA

DISTRIBUTION

French Distribution EUROZOOM

Austrian Distribution FILMLADEN

International Sales mk2 films

Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova

Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva

After two decades in the British animation industry Mina Mileva created Activist38 with Vesela Kazakova, also an actress. Vesela’s leading roles have won her several Best Actress awards like Silver George at the 2005 Moscow International Film Festival and Berlinale Shooting Stars in 2006.
Mina and Vesela have directed and produced subversive documentaries, which, according to Variety act as “rare gadflies whose sting is causing a massive allergic reaction on the thin skin of Bulgaria’s filmmaking elite”. Despite their international recognition, the films haven’t been aired on Bulgarian television for years. Vesela and Mina received institutional harassment and had to undergo numerous interrogations. A PR of a major political party and member of Bulgarian Parliament even nicknamed them the “Demonic duo”!
Their first fiction film CAT IN THE WALL premiered in Competition at the Locarno Film Festival 2019 and SXSW for North America. It received the FIPRESCI Award at the Warsaw Film Festival 2019 and was part of the EFA Feature Film Selection 2020. The film ranked number 1 in Screen’s summer festivals selection of 2019. Their second feature drama, WOMEN DO CRY, was selected in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2021.

FILMOGRAPHY

2014 : UNCLE TONY, THREE FOOLS AND THE SECRET SERVICE (Doc)

2016 : THE BEAST IS STILL ALIVE (Doc)

2019 : CAT IN THE WALL

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