An interview with Yana Titova, the director and screenwriter of "Dyad", interviewer Helena Maarja Tarro
"A sixteen year old Dida from a poor background and her best friend Iva are the most popular girls in school. All the girls want to be them and the boys like the sexual services and naked pictures the girls provide for money. When an opportunity arrives for Dida to go live with her estranged mother in the US, she must quickly scrape together the money for a plane ticket. The tough but electric film cleverly compares the American Dream and the reality of Bulgarian life.
Titova started to write the movie ten years ago. The screen-play is based on characters from the director’s hometown.
Bulgarian director Titova studied acting and she’s an accomplished actress in both theatre and film. At one point she discovered herself on the other side of the camera and her accoladed debut “Doza shtastie” in 2019 dominated the Bulgarian box office and premiered internationally on HBO. Titova prefers the role of a director and screen-writer and jokingly laments that she has no time for acting anymore.
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