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by Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva


A mother stork is shot down from a chimney. A postnatal woman nearly jumps off a balcony. A girl contracts HIV from an adulterous partner. A woman applies make-up to two kittens. A mother looks for magic in the lunar calendar. These events are commonplace for this seemingly normal family, revealing the fine line they live between fragility and absurdity. In the meantime, their country Bulgaria is shaken up by anti-gender and anti-equality protests with an undercurrent of violence. These women are united by a shared trauma, but now they are ready to confront their father’s troubling past. Based on a true story.

international title: Women Do Cry
original title: Women Do Cry
country: Bulgaria, France
sales agent: mk2 films
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
film run: 107'
screenplay: Bilyana Kazakova, Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
cast: Maria Bakalova, Ralitsa Stoyanova, Ekaterina Kazakova, Bilyana Kazakova, Vesela Kazakova, Iossif Surchadzhiev
cinematography by: Lionel Kopp, Dimitar Kostov
film editing: Donka Ivanova
music: Andy Cowton
producer: Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
co-producer: Christophe Bruncher, Olivier Père
production: Activist38, Ici et Là Productions, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: Eurimages
distributor: Eurozoom

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