Sister, dir. Svetla Tsotsorkova, Bulgaria-Qatar 2019, 97 min. English subtitles
Like her award-winning debut Thirst (LFF 2015), Tsotsorkova’s latest drama is centred on a professional occupation – the making and selling of ceramic figures at a wayside shop. Rayna is a defiant teenager who says what she thinks and makes up stories to impress potential customers, but her fantasy world uncovers a hidden reality when she becomes involved with her sister’s boyfriend. Focusing on the world of a single mother and her two daughters, Sister is, according to Tsotsorkova, ‘a confession of love to those who live a seemingly unnoticeable life’. Strikingly composed and featuring superb performances by its leads, Tsotsorkova’s drama has its fair share of twists and more than a few unexpected encounters as the three protagonists engage with the world around them.