Zornitsa Sofia’s “Mother” is the Bulgarian submission for Oscar 2023

Zornitsa Sofia’s “Mother” is the Bulgarian submission for Oscar 2023

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The selection committee for the Bulgarian proposal for the Oscar for International Film at the National Film Center, chaired by Maria Bakalova, has chosen the Bulgarian contender – “MOTHER” by director Zornitsa Sofia.

Maria Bakalova – actress – chairperson, Katerina Lambrinova – film critic, festival organizer, Hristo Hristozov – film programmer, festival organizer, Svilen Dimitrov – director, animator, Katya Trichkova – producer, Kristina Grozeva – director, producer, Alexander Stanishev – cinematographer.

Let’s recall the contenders among which the film was selected:

“Exchange Players”, dir. Georgi Kostov, prod. “Corund X”, Hristo Hristov,

“In the Heart of the Machine”, dir. Martin Makariev, Prod. “Forward Pictures”, Alexander Penev,

“Softly Said”, dir. Henri Kulev, animation, prod. “Office Film”, Svetla Ganeva

“Petya to my Petya”, dir. Alexander Kosev, prod. “BOF Pictures”, Nikolay Urumov, “Fishbone”, dir. Drago Sholev, Bulgaria/Romania, Prod. “Class Film”, Rositsa Valkanova,

“Shakespeare as a Street Dog”, dir. Valeri Yordanov, prod. “Chuchkov Brothers”, Borislav Chuchkov ,

“φ 1.618”, dir. Teodor Ushev, Bulgaria/Canada, prod. “Peripeteia”, Vladislav Todorov, “Muvimento”, Orlin Ruevski.


Bulgaria/ Germany/ Croatia, 2022, 117′


Directed by Zornitsa Sofia


Music: Darko Markovic




With the support of.

“Mother is an authentic film, raw and tender at the same time, inspired by the real story of a Bulgarian woman and her struggle to turn her trauma of not being able to have children of her own – into a triumph of a different kind of “parenting”.

Elena, in love with her job as a theatre director, was 32 years old when she realized she couldn’t have children. Faced with the choice of trying to conceive in vitro with her beloved husband, the conductor Leon Meyer, or adapting the theatre programme that transforms the lives of orphans in far-away Africa, Elena will reinvent the word ‘mother’. Inspired by a true story.

Zornitsa Sofia is a Master of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. She has written, directed, and produced four feature films, two documentaries, and directed seven television series, a theatrical production, and an opera. Her films have been screened or awarded in Shanghai, Sarajevo, Warsaw, Goa, Busan, Cairo, Moscow, Mar del Plata.

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