Elina Psykou


Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis


Elina Psykou


Greece | France | Bulgaria, 2016

Running Time



Drama | Fantasy


Greek and Russian with English subtitles


Victor Khomut, Valery Tscheplanowa, Thanassis Papageorgiou, Artemios Havalits, Areti Seintaridou, Ivonni Maltezou, Maria Filini, Marinos Veslemes, Christos Stergioglou

“Contrasting an unsettling childhood reality with the comforting refuge of fantasy.” Screen Daily

Transforming stark realities into the stuff of fairytales, filmmaker Elina Psykou populates this dark world of abandonment, deceit and coming-of-age with bears, beanstalks and all the trappings of classic Brothers Grimm.

Following the death of his father, 11-yr-old Misha (Victor Khomut) arrives in Greece from Russia during the 2004 Athens Olympics to be reunited with his mother, Sofia (Valery Tscheplanowa) after two years apart. But his new life is not what he expected. Sofia is living with Mr Nikos (Thanassis Papageorgiou, My Life in Ruins, GFF 2009), an ex-children’s TV presenter who rules his quirky roost with an iron fist and wants to fill the shoes of Misha’s father.

Escaping through flights of fancy, Misha transforms into his namesake – the Russian Olympic mascot of 1980 – and befriends a Ukrainian teenage gigolo as the real world closes in on him.

Winner of Best International Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017 and a Special Jury Award at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2017.

Ο 11χρονος Misha, καταφθάνει από τη Ρωσία στην Ελλάδα το καλοκαίρι του 2004 για να ζήσει με τη μητέρα του, Σοφία, μετά από ένα μεγάλο διάστημα αποχωρισμού. Αυτό που δεν ξέρει είναι ότι στην Αθήνα τον περιμένει ένας νέος πατέρας, πρώην παρουσιαστής παιδικού προγράμματος στην τηλεόραση ο οποίος κυβερνά με σιδερένια πυγμή το σπιτικό του και ο οποίος φιλοδοξεί να αντικαταστήσει τον πατέρα του.

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