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Features

Animal

Sofia Exarchou
Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Romania 2023
116 min
OV w/ GER subtitles & OV w/ EN subtitles
V'23

ANIMAL, Sofia Exarchou’s second feature, takes a sensitive look at the unseen side of the tourist entertainment industry and the daily lives of those who strive to keep up our spirits, the so-called animators. Their unrestrained efort and grueling working hours almost transform their bodies into those of wild animals, as they struggle day and night to get the job done, always with a smile on their lips. The film is set in Greece, but it could take place anywhere. With tenderness and compassion, Exarchou draws us into a world that is dull and withered behind the scenes. The animators’ working routine is depicted with disarming authenticity and a documentary-like touch, even as every move is perfectly choreographed and meticulously planned. We are caught up in a whirlwind of never-ending entertainment—dances, sketches, music and songs—before ANIMAL ultimately blooms into a poignant coming-of-age story. There is a cheerfulness to the film’s mood, as well as a liberating sense of dignity in everyone’ s dedication to carrying out this tough job as best they can. Awarded Best Performance in Locarno, Dimitra Vlagopoulou inhabits protagonist Kalia with body and soul, illuminating every frame with her peerless turn. (Maria Giovanna Vagenas)

In the presence of Sofia Exarchou and Voodoo Jürgens

Sofa Exarchou: APOSTASI (2006, K), MESECINA (2009, K), PARK (2016)

Credits
  • Dimitra Vlagopoulou
  • Flomaria Papadaki
  • Ahilleas Hariskos
  • Voodoo Jürgens
  • Sofia Exarchou
  • Monika Lenczewska
  • Odo Grötschnig
  • Vasileios Alexandris
  • Giorgos Kanoupakis
  • Dragos Apetri
  • Marilena Kalaitzantonaki
Homemade Films, Nabis Filmgroup, Digital Cube, Felony Film Productions, ARS Digital Studio

Shellac

Filmgarten
DCP
Farbe
Sun 29 Oct
17:15
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OV w/ GER subtitles
iCal
Mon 30 Oct
16:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
OV w/ EN subtitles
iCal
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