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    L

    Directed by

    Greece

    2012

    87 min

    • Greek

    Comedy drama

    Final cut avid copy, not mixed and not graded

    L begins with an ode to being a bear and ends with an ode to the sea. What happens in between constitutes one of the more original, willfully bizarre films of the year. A man lives in his car. He’s 40 and separated from his wife and kids, who live in a different car. They meet in parking lots. A professional driver, the man delivers honey to a narcoleptic man and often dreams of his friend, who was killed when a hunter mistook him for a bear. Frequently late delivering honey, the man is fired, and his driving skills are questioned. Thrust into existential uncertainty, he abandons “car life” and joins a rogue motorbike gang.

    Awards

    • Grand Prix - Molodist Kyiv IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Aris Servetalis
    Makis Papadimitriou
    Lefteris Mathaios
    Nota Tserniafski
    Stavros Raptis
    Screenplay
    Efthimis Filippou
    Babis Makridis
    Cinematography
    Thimios Bakatakis
    Editing
    Yannis Chalkiadakis
    Music
    Coti K
    Production
    BEBEN FILMS
    Festival Bookings
    RAMONDA INK

    Press

    Long live motorcycles! If this new age wacky Greek cinema is your thing, then we've got something for you.

    Alex Billington , FirstShowing.net

    A heart wrenching comedy that slips into your blind spot and crashes into your brain.

    Yorgos Krassakopoulos, Flix.gr

    Babis Makridis

    Babis Makridis

    Greece

    Only with simplicity can cinema become a powerful narrative tool . The camera must be discreet and modest. Only then is the viewer open to the characters and the story.

    Babis Makridis was born in Greece in 1970. He studied film at the Stavrakos Film School. His short film THE LAST FAKIR (2005) was awarded the Newcomer's Prize in Drama and at the Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival in Athens. In 2010 Raindance FF named Makridis one of “10 Greek Filmmakers to Watch.” L (2012) was Makridis's first feature film, selected at Sundance FF, Rotterdam Tiger Awards and many other international festivals. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the Molodist FF 2012. His second feature film PITY (2018) was also presented at Sundance FF and IFF Rotterdam. The film received various awards and was crowned Best Film at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards in 2019. It also won the Fipresci Award at the Torino FF, and Best Film & Best Director at the Odesa IFF. BIRDS OR HOW TO BE ONE (2020) is his third feature film.

    Selected Filmography