ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΤΙΚΟΣ ΟΡΓΑΝΙΣΜΟΣ ΦΕΣΤΙΒΑΛ ΤΑΙΝΙΩΝ ΜΙΚΡΟΥ ΜΗΚΟΥΣ ΔΡΑΜΑΣ
ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΥ & ΑΘΛΗΤΙΣΜΟΥ – ΔΗΜΟΣ ΔΡΑΜΑΣ
Name: Θάνος Ψυχογιός
Genre: Black Comedy
Tagline: How hard can it be to erase your memories?
Synopsis: A cloudy morning at cemetery of a neighborhood in the western part of Athens. A young man is there for a seemingly simple process, the exhumation of his grandmother. Yet things get complicated. The overweight body of his grandmother has not decomposed sufficiently. Now our hero, standing next to the sloppily covered remains, has to make up his mind fast about how to handle the situation.
The two cemetery employees, the tactless but well-meaning employee and the strict, risk-averse bureaucrat who is the custodian, are not helpful. Should he pay to have her re-buried for some more time? Should he allow for her body to be put in place with other dead bodies to decompose (adialyta)? Should he allow for the process of decomposition to be speeded up (choneutiri)? What is the best way to deal with the remains of his grandmother?
While the grandson is struggling to find the most dignified solution, to overcome the inhuman bureaucratic system and to control the resurgence of his childhood memories at the same time, nature functioning as deus ex machina will bring the resolution. A sudden rainstorm will speed up the decomposition process, giving the story an unexpected, realistic and tragicomic ending.
Screenwriter and Director’s Biography
Short cv: Thanos Psichogios, studied Political Science at the University of Athens and Filmmaking (MA) at the London Film School.
His short “Something will turn up”, based on the story by Christos Economou that won the Greek State Award, was selected by 30 festivals, acquired by French and Greek TV channels and became part of the anthology film “Voyage en Grèce par temps de crise”.
“Dioni”, his short documentary, was selected by 14 festivals and won 2 awards.
“Carols”, based on a short story from the award-nominated book of Vangelis Provias, won 4 awards and was selected by 40 film festivals.
His short “Scar” is based on the story by Christos Kythreotis that won the Greek State Award for Best Debut Author and Best Short Story by the British Council. It was awarded a co-production fund by the SEE Cinema Network and was selected to participate at the Film Forge Pitching Forum.
Short cv: Olga MOUSTAKI, being the assistant of the founding members of Bad Crowd, Nikos MOUSTAKAS and Nancy KOKOLAKI, she is joining SCAR by Thanos Psichogios as a junior producer. The main activity of Bad Crowd is film & TV production. Through their international network of artists, the company's founders aim to create artworks all over the world and so far the company counts a great number of award-winning films with participations at international film festivals. Aiming at every project to be a part of a result of cooperation, they co-produce with France, Italy, Turkey, Romania and they participate in programs supported by the Creative Europe and Eurimages.