The Daughter

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    The Daughter

    I kóri

    Directed by

    Greece, Italy

    2012

    87 min

    • Greek

    Drama, Thriller

    Toronto IFF - City to City

    A girl in her teens, an eight-year-old boy, and a father suddenly no longer there. When fourteen-year-old Myrto learns her father has fled to avoid paying his debts, she kidnaps the son of his business partner whom she blames for bankrupting her father's joiner's workshop. Memories resurface as she wanders through the aisles of the workshop, where she hides her victim between stacks of spruce, oak and ebony. Were things really better in the old days? Myrto waits desperately for some sign that her father is alive, entertaining perfidious, sadistic fantasies about her young prisoner.
    Thanos Anastopoulos employs precise images and a protocol-like dramatic structure infused with thriller elements to portray a society whose key players flee their responsibilities. He shows us images of the crisis that have already become symbolic: the black market, invoices no-one can afford to pay, Molotov cocktails in the streets. And in between, the warm colours of wood form a clear contrast to the social egotism of the surroundings. The crisis sends its children out into a moral no-man's land. Yet the suspicion remains that the relationship between the generations was already out of sync beforehand.

    Awards

    • Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Directing - Hellenic Film Academy Awards
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Motovun IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Alimani Myrto
    Papadimas Aggelos
    Symeonidis Father
    Ieronymos Kaletsanos
    Ornela Kapetani
    Theodora Tzimou
    Screenplay
    Thanos Anastopoulos
    Vassilis Giatsis
    Cinematography
    Elias Adamis
    Editing
    Napoleon Stratogiannakis
    Production
    FANTASIA LTD
    Production
    MANSARDA PRODUCTION
    Festival Bookings
    RAMONDA INK

    Press

    ..an intelligently rendered, gripping drama reflecting the wider issues of Greece's current financial crisis.

    Joe Walsh, CineVue

    Thanos Anastopoulos

    Thanos Anastopoulos

    Greece

    Born in Athens on 26 October 1965. He studied philosophy at the University of Ioannina, Greece. He then completed post-graduate studies at the University of Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne) and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He has directed short films, documentaries and two theatre plays. His documentary THE LAST RESORT was presented as a special screening at Cannes IFF in 2016.

    Selected Filmography