Women Do Cry

Women Do Cry

Original Name: Women Do Cry
English Name: Women Do Cry
Year: 2021
Run time: 106 min
Language: Bulgarian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Bulgaria, France
Director: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Producer: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova, Christophe Bruncher
Cast: Maria Bakalova, Ralitsa Stoyanova, Katia Kazakova, Bilyana Kazakova, Vesela Kazakova, Iossif Surchadzhiev, Rositza Gevrenova, Siana Georgieva, Gragomir Kostadonov, Dobriela Popova
Screenplay: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova, Bilyana Kazakova
Cinematographer: Dimitar Kostov
Editor: Donka Ivanova, Yann Dedet
Sound Designer: Stéphane DE ROCQUIGNY, Jean-Pierre HALBWACHS
Music Composer: Andy Cowton
Production Designer: Yuliya Kunova
Production Company: Activist38, Ici Et La Productions
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  • Cannes FF 2021
  • Vienna IFF 2021
  • Sarajevo IFF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2019 Cat In The Wall
  • 2016 The Beast Is Still Alive (Doc)
  • 2014 Uncle Tony, Three Fools And The Secret Service (Doc)

Director’s Biography:

After two decades in the British animation industry Mina Mileva created Activist38 with Vesela Kazakova, also an actress. Mina and Vesela have directed and produced subversive documentaries. Despite their international recognition, the films haven’t been aired on Bulgarian television for years. Vesela and Mina received institutional harassment and had to undergo numerous interrogations. A PR of a major political party and member of Bulgarian Parliament even nicknamed them the “Demonic duo”! Their first fiction film Cat In The Wall premiered in Competition at the Locarno FF 2019 and SXSW. It received the FIPRESCI Award at the Warsaw FF 2019. Their second feature drama, Women Do Cry, was selected in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes FF 2021.


A mother stork is shot down from a chimney. A woman suffering from postnatal depression nearly jumps off a balcony. A girl has to deal with the stigma of HIV. A mother looks for magic in the lunar calendar. Fragility and absurdity in this contemporary Bulgarian family are set against the backdrop of violent anti gender-equality protests. Based on a true story.