First Time Godfather

Synopsis: Brought up in California, offspring of an important political family, 11 year old Alex travels to Crete in order to baptize the baby child of a local cacique and parliamentary candidate. He will be a GODFATHER FOR THE FIRST TIME in order to prove to everybody and mainly to his father that he is a worthy son. His foreign looks, his difficulty with Greek language, the Cretan's particularities and the tests he has to go through in order to be accepted as a worthy son of the Leader, create a comedy with a political background, existential distresses and tragicomic situations. His first baptism-initiation in the art and tricks of politics will mark him for the rest of his life.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Olga Malea
  3 nominations.
86 min

That's who'll go to Crete!

Come here.

I don't think I've ever

sent you to a baptism.

I was 2nd best man in Akrata,

and 3rd best man in Patra.

It's a tough village to win.

We need votes from all sides.

Maybe we should send

someone more experienced?

It's an honour to send your son.

Not a bad idea, Mr. President.

You're a little one?

Little, but strong.

I have to leave,

to go to Patra...

and you will go to Crete

on my behalf... baptise

Mr. Panagakis's baby.

Three o'clock, just the two

of us, we're going for a ride.

I didn't forget.

I know.

But, this is a great

chance for you...

to help in this election.

Will you help?

After the baptism,

you have to read this.

How hard is it

to postpone the baptism?

They've postponed it

twice already.

If you can't go,

that's all right.

We'll see,

we'll find a solution.

I can.

Are you sure?

And you don't have

to read all of it...

...or by heart, just read it.

But it's very important

that you read the speech.

Our weapons are words, speeches.

That's our battlefield.

And then...

a long ride...

like in California.

But, only Greek in Crete, right?

Get Alex ready.

He's going to Crete.

The son!


Don't worry.

Panagakis will take care of you.

Not this way.

This way. After you, Mr. Alex.

Not like that.

Our Chief sits here.

Don't you understand,

he must be seen by all, get it?

Where's your head?

We'll put this one, it's new.

Not that one.

Give it here.

We'll use these ones,

they're big and fresh.


Let's get going.

Your Godfather's coming!

A great man, this tall!

He's brave...

big and strong.


Brother, I think

this gnat is talking to you!

Whose boy is this?

- Hello, I'm the son.

- The son? Whose son?

Welcome, little man!

You're our pride and joy!

Crete was, is and always

will be democratic.

Lefteris Panagakis.

What's your name, boy?

- Where's your father, Alex?

- To Patra.

He had to go...

Inside Patra...

- He's not coming?

- He couldn't, I was by him sent.

Didn't anyone message you?

Did they message me?

Sure! We've been messaged!

It's my fault. A cable came

last night, I forgot to mention.

That's what it was about.

Now you tell me?

You who never forgets a thing!

A thousand greetings...

a thousand plus two more...

a garden of meetings

through our open door.


You'll sit here.

Where your father would sit.

If it isn't the lazy hedgehog!

A thousand charred devils!

No, no, stop!

Go back to hell,

and don't return!

Leave it alone!

It's a living creature!

Shut the hell up!

It's the devil's seed.


That's right.

Not like a lamb,

scared of the shimmering blade.


This is our village.

We're here.


I'll get the door.

- A heart, a leg...

- get out of here.

Who's this?

Where's the Chief?

Get out of here, Moustaka.

That's the Godfather?

He's little like us!


Nice to have you.

Welcome my child,

my lord and king.

It's his son, mother.

It's the same, even better.

You'll sleep here, on the bed

we made up for your dad.

Not for young men,

it was for your father.

This one doesn't even

speak "Romeika".

He doesn't, does he?

For every two words,

he makes three mistakes.

What good is a baptism without

a speech, the way things are?

You can't pick them like olives.

Mother of god...

where's the boy?

In the bedroom.

Myrto, go and get him!

What's "Romeika"?

"Romeika?" Greek.

What are they saying?

It's impossible,

we have to postpone it.

It's the third time!

And leave the baby unbaptised?


Do you think I'm stupid?

- What are they saying?

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