PARK 18+

Credits

Director

Sofia Exarchou

Country

Greece 2016

Running Time

100mins

Category

Drama

Language

Greek with English subtitles

“Takes us to the bottom of society and ignites a firework of raw energy. A portrayal of a young generation that has been betrayed and deprived of its future.” Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Work-in-Progress Jury

It’s not often that a film receives international acclaim even before its release but Sofia Exarchou’s debut feature, Park, is one such film, firmly placing her in the ranks of Greece’s most exciting new filmmakers.

Ten years have passed, and the Olympic Village in Athens has fallen into ruin. Among the abandoned athletic facilities and nearby luxury resorts, 17-year-old Dimitris, 24-year-old Anna, a retired athlete and their friends travel the distance between Greece’s triumphant past and its current plight. Through their eyes, we’re offered a vivid picture of a society unprepared for its brutal fall. 

Winner of the Work-in-Progress Award for Most Promising Project at Karlovy Vary, first Greek film to be selected for the prestigious Sundance Director’s Lab and recipient of a number of other development prizes.

Starring: Dimitris Kitsos, Dimitra Vlagopoulou, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lena Kitsopoulou, David Szymczak, Enuki Gvenatadze, Julio Katsis, Yorgos Paneleakis, Goga Tsiklauri

About the Director:
Born in Athens in 1979, Sofia Exarchou studied Electrical Engineering at the Athens Polytechnic, Film Direction at the Stavrakos Film School and Theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She has written and directed two award-winning short films, Distance (2006) and Mesecina (2009). Park is her debut feature film.

Greek Synopsis:
Το Ολυμπιακό Χωριό βρίσκεται σε παρακμή. Ανάμεσα στις εγκαταλελειμμένες αθλητικές εγκαταστάσεις και τα νεόχτιστα τουριστικά θέρετρα, ο 17χρονος Δημήτρης και η παρέα του ταξιδεύουν στο "ένδοξο" παρελθόν μέσα από το παρακμιακό παρόν, δημιουργώντας το πορτραίτο μιας κοινωνίας απροετοίμαστης για τη βίαιη πτώση.

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