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Takes on childhood and youth in modern Greek cinema

    It is the fifth year that the Olympia International Film Festival includes this special section in its programme. As always, it includes recent short films by Greek filmmakers about childhood and youth, which do not address those age groups as the audience. As noted in the past, many Greek filmmakers have a keen interest in youth and adolescence; this interest often functions as a motive for creation, and plays a primary role in their scripts. From the point of view of a festival for children and young people, this phenomenon is interesting and worthy of observation – this is why we have created this special section. Furthermore, this special section also aims to encourage filmmakers to place their cameras on the eye level of children gaze and create films not only about children, but also for a children audience. Our Olympia “Creative Ideas” Pitching Lab, which was also established in 2018, also moves in this direction. This year’s selection includes 8 films – student films, first shorts, but also films by more experienced filmmakers.

    Enomena

    Phaedra Vokali, Greece, 18', 2021

    Two teenagers, that go to the same school but come from different worlds, meet during an aquarium schooltrip, only to discover that what brings them together is more powerful than what keeps them apart.

    Gum-Cigarette

    Angelika Katsa, Greece, 19', 2022

    A young mother and her daughter, a hyperactive and impulsive little girl, will be forced to "grow up" abruptly. One morning they will hastily load the car with their belongings and leave behind everything that was familiar to them, without explanation or goodbye.

    Hussies

    Despina Mavridou, Greece, 29', 2022

    A coming-of-age story about two sisters leading their lives in pole positions, who are summoned to a night's call of decision making. In a frantic attempt to truffle out money, they come up against both a traumatic past and a disturbing reality, realising how difficult it is for a family to make ends meet.

    Kiddo

    Michalis Kimonas, Greece, 19', 2022

    Four adolescents are trapped in a narrative about husbands and wives as they slide toward entropy.

    Not tomorrow

    Amerissa Basta, Greece-France, 20', 2022

    Michalis has barely 24 hours to redefine his life and make up for his close ones. That same night he meets a girl. He only wishes that the morning never comes.

    Orange Juice

    Dimitris Zahos, Greece, 18', 2022

    Εlias, a freshman in Athens, has come from his village to study. Alone in the big city, he works as a brochure distributor to cover his expenses. On the tedious journey of work, he meets Anna, a girl who works in a bookstore, and then, a strange old woman who introduces him to a strange world of theatrical memories. A fifty-euro banknote will put Elias to an unexpected challenge.

    Pendulus

    Dimitris Gkotsis, Greece, 15', 2022

    Arbi, 24, is raised in Athens. After the events on the night of the Serbia–Albania football match, Arbi will have to decide whether to attend the wedding of his relatives, whether to claim the girl he likes, and whether he is Albanian or Greek.

    Yama

    Andreas Vakalios, Greece, 15', 2021

    Independence Day in Athens. A girl lights a small fire and tells a small lie about a boy. Small racist lies easily get out of control. So do small racist fires.

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