Set during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, 11-year-old Misha is travelling from Russia to live with his mother in Athens in the home of an elderly Greek man she works for. When he learns this man is actually his new father, Misha runs away but doesn’t have the stomach for life on the streets. Returning to his new home, he clings to the stories he grew up with, melding them with reality to create a dark urban fairytale.
- Best International Narrative - Tribeca FF
- CICAE Nagrada Award - Sarajevo FF
- Viktor Khomut
- Valery Tcheplanowa
- Thanasis Papageorgiou
- Artemis Havalits
- Christos Stergioglou
- Iro Maltezou
- Elina Psykou
- Dionysis Efthimiopoulos
- Nelly Ollivault
- HERETIC OUTREACH
- CHOUCHKOV BROTHERS
The fairy tale of the Olympics and the false blessing they represent reveals something of the roots of today’s political crisis in Greece.
The film has echoes of several recent productions on a similar theme from J.A Bayona’s A Monster Calls to Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams.
"Making films is my way of communicating with my family and friends, with people I have lost and people I don't know and, finally, with myself and my dreams."
Born in Greece in 1977, Elina studied filmmaking and sociology in Athens. Her first feature, THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS (2013), premiered at Berlinale Forum and participated in more than 40 international film festivals. During that same year, trade publication Variety singled her out as one of the “10 European Directors to Watch” and in 2014, she won the first-time director award from the Hellenic Film Academy. Her second feature, SON OF SOFIA (2017), selected for the 2013 Berlinale Residency programme and the 2014 Berlinale Co-Production Market, premiered in competition at Tribeca and won the Best International Narrative Feature Award. It also won 5 awards of the Hellenic Film Academy, including best feature film, best director and best screenplay. Currently, Elina is developing her first documentary, STRAY BODIES - supported by Creative Europe and Eave - and her third feature, PATRIMONIAL FEARS AND OTHER SYMPTOMS - selected for the 2019 Berlinale Co-Production Market.