Athens, Plato’s Academy district. A small, quiet junction with three tobacco stores and a dog. Stavros owns one of the stores. His wife has left him and refuses to come back; his mother has already had a stroke and he must take care of her 24/7. The favourite hobby of the three tobacconists is counting the Chinese, who are setting up their shop across the street. It is an everlasting hobby because the Chinese appear to multiply by the day. They only stop counting if an Albanian goes past them. Then, they bet on whether the dog will bark at the Albanian or not. This is their second favourite hobby. That is how they spend their life, idly and merrily, watching life go by, outside their stores. However, Stavros is constantly worried. He is inexplicably unhappy. At night, he suffers from insomnia, but he is not able to pinpoint what is wrong with him. Until one day, an Albanian, who goes past the three men (and gets barked at by the dog), recognises Stavros's mother as his own long-lost mother.
Director: Filippos Tsitos Screenplay: Alexis Kardaras, Filippos Tsitos Producer: Constantinos Moriatis, Thanassis Karathanos Cinematography: Polidefkis Kirlidis Editing: Dimitris Peponis Sound: Vangelis Zelkas, Costas Varibopiotis Sets: Spyros Laskaris Costumes: Christina Chantzaridou Make Up: Giannis Pamoukis Line Producer: Panagiotis Karambinis Music: Enstro Cast: Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Anastas Kozdine, Titika Saringouli, Giorgos Souxes, Konstantinos Koronaios, Panayiotis Stamatakis, Maria Zorba Production: Pan Entertainment S.A., Twenty Twenty Vision in co-production with Greek Film Centre, ZDF-Das Kleine Fernsehspiel in co-operation with ARTE, ERT S.A., Graal S.A. Digital Creations and the support of Eurimages Council of Europe, Medienboard-Berlin Brandenburg and the Media Program
Locarno Int Film Festival 2009 – Int Competition Selection – Leopard for Best Actor, Ecumenical Jury Prize, Youth Jury Prize Montpellier International Film Festival 2009 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2009 Tirana International Film Festival 2009 – Best Feature Award Spirit of Fire – International Debut Film Festival 2010 – Silver Taiga Award for 2nd Best Feature Film San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival 2010 Napoli Film Festival 2010 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2010 – Best Dramatic Feature Award Shortlisted for the Lux Prize for the Best European Film of the European Parliament Sao Paulo IFF 2010 Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival New York Greek Film Festival 2010 Medfilm Festival (Rome) 2010 Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival 2010 Gijon IFF 2010 European Film Festival in Segovia 2010 Film Festival del Garda 2010 – Best Feature Film Award
Feature Film, Greece-Germany 2009, 35mm, Color, 103’, Dolby Digital