Directed by: Zornitsa Sophia

Elena is a talented young theatre director who has already made a name for herself in the demanding and competitive artistic world of Sofia. Beyond her successful career, she dreams of having a child with her partner. Her future looks bright until Elena slowly begins to realize that she may not be able to conceive. In the midst of this existential crisis, she receives an invitation: an opportunity to teach acting and performing arts at an orphanage in Kibera, an area of extreme poverty on the outskirts of Nairobi. Far from the sophisticated urban circle of home, the experience forces Elena to reconsider everything she thought she wanted for herself and her future. An astute drama about finding new perspectives on life, Mother is an emotionally powerful tale of one woman’s journey to enlightenment.

“Endearing … [Mother] looks at the artistic endeavour from two points of view … [the] beautiful paradox of how an artist can feel both powerful and powerless.”

Ştefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

In Bulgarian, English, Swahili, and Maasai with English subtitles
117 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award

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