Svetla Tsotsorkova

Bulgaria201590 MinBulgarian

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Tsotsorkova’s eye for the undemonstratively poetic turns something almost commonplace into a reflection of mood…

- Variety -



A couple and their teenage son live on a hilltop, doing the laundry for local hotels, despite the intermittent water supply. Their simple life is overturned by the arrival of a father-and-daughter team of diviner and well-digger, who promise to bring an end to this precarious existence by finding a source on their arid hill. But ultimately, these newcomers quench a thirst that is much stronger than that for mere water.

  • San Sebastian International Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Starring:  Alexander Benev, Ivaylo Hristov, Monika Naydenova, Svetlana Yancheva
  • Production:  Front Film
  • International Sales:  Alpha Violet

The titular thirst represents a small rural community in Bulgaria’s water shortage, but also the isolated and forgotten inhabitant’s need for love. It’s a fable of breathtaking images.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinema -

Svetla Tsotsorkova

Svetla Tsotsorkova was born in Burgas in 1977, and graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia in 2004. Her first short film LIFE WITH SOPHIA was screened at various international film festivals including la Semaine de la Critique, Karlovy Vary, and Telluride, winning multiple awards. Her first feature THIRST had its world premiere at the San Sebastian FF – New Directors competition in 2015. The film participated in more than 60 festivals around the world and received various awards.

You have to listen to yourself. You have to trust your sensibility, taste and mind. Tell stories that you know or have experienced. Talk about characters that you have met or you truly understand. Then I believe a positive result will come, one way or another.