photo credit: private archive
author: Alexandra Terziyska
Irmena, what is not yet said about “Letters from Antarctica”?
This is a beautiful human story that skillfully handles emotions and does not leave you indifferent. It creates a sense of satisfaction and inner harmony after the movie is over.
You are great partners on screen with 8-year-old Simeon! How did you first meet, how did your work fit together?
We met at a casting, he was chosen among many children. Fortunately for us, we fit together quickly, he trusted me, first allowing me to be his friend and then almost a mother while we were shooting together. Our genuine relationship outside the shooting locations was very important for creating a full-blooded bond on the set. We went through everything - through difficulties, through laughter, and through tears.
What can break a parent-child relationship? And who can save it?
I have no children myself, but I believe that trust in one another is very important. In my opinion, over-controlling and over-requiring towards children is something that is more detrimental to the parent-child relationship.
How is this mother, Diana, different from the other maternal characters you played?
All the mothers I've played so far are different. With their own understanding of the role of the mother in general. With different moods, techniques, emotionalities. It is an inexhaustible well for the acting experience. Of course, it's not a role I would want to play in every movie. I think I have gained a lot of solid experience in portraying mothers and what I like about them is that I can experiment with developing the character.
Berlin is eagerly preparing for the film and meeting with the team on January 18th. Is this the first visit of “Letters from Antarctica” outside Bulgaria?
The film had a screening in Vienna recently, and had previously met with its audience in London. It is a great pleasure to introduce it and talk to the audience afterwards.
What do you expect from your meeting with the Berlin audience?
I expect excited people with countless questions to answer. Every meeting after the screening is different and that's why it's so exciting.