Synopsis: Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away. Determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, little do they know that the road to the much-coveted Greek citizenship is paved with ghosts from the past, adult savagery and a dream that needs to come true, no matter what. Reaching the end of this initiatory journey they eventually come of age even if Greece refuses to follow.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Panos H. Koutras
Production: Strand Releasing
  10 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
134 min

Dido, you should stay in the bag.

Bad boy.

- Who? Dido?

- Yes.

Oh, Dany.

Dido, you stay here, okay?

Today isn't his best day.

Would you do something else?

No, another time.

The day after tomorrow again?

- I can't. I'm leaving today.

- Where to?

- Athens.

- Why?

- Must do something.

- What you need to do in Athens?

I'll tell you when I'm back.

Will you give me a bit more today?

We clarify that, I promise.

- For the journey?

- Yes.

- When are you back?

- If I've done everything.

Of course. Is it enough?

Cool, thanks.

- Say, this obsessions ...

- Which?

Do you still see weird things?

No, I feel great.

- Are you sure?

- Yes. I have to go now.

Come on.

- Take care.

- All right.

And call.

Will you buy me a little credit

to call?

- Okay. Who is this?

- She? That's Patty Pravo.

- How do you know it?

- She is my goddess!

- Indeed?

- Yes.

So, bye.

Behind the Stars

Who knows what is there

Maybe another world for who

never had anything

In our world,

There behind the stars

Is he going to have it

Behind your eyes

Does anyone know what there is

Maybe you got feelings for me

Never before someone has

regarded me like you

No one else will ever

watch me like you

A feeling that does not die

Because it's all I have left

Thinks another of you

Is the sun bigger

And warms you more

And it beats, it beats hard

The heart

And maybe it begins like this

Like a sunny day

which tells December

The summer is already here

- The Gay there greets us.

- Yes.

Take on your jacket. It's cold.

Never before has me someone

regarded like you

No one else will ever me

watch like you

A feeling that does not die

Because it's all I've left

Thinks another of you

Is the sun bigger

And warms you more

And it beats, it beats hard,

The heart

And maybe it begins like this

As a sunny day

tells December,

the summer is already here

Dido, this is Athens.

Actually Piraeus.


A sandwich with ham, cheese,

bacon, mustard and omelette.

- Dany?

- Hello, Ody.

- Don't call me Ody. What do you want?

- I want a sandwich...

- Just arrived?

- An hour ago.

With mustard.


- You take over?

- Is good.

- With mustard, Dimitra.

- Okay.

- Sweet.

- You should not come to Athens.

But now I'm here.

If you want to make trouble, leave!

Do you listen me?

Go back to your mother.

- I can not.

- Why not?

- Jenny does not exist anymore.

- What do you mean?

She's dead.

Odysseas, the sandwich is ready.

Thank You.

- Ten days ago.

- You kidding me?

I called you several times,

without success.

Should I send you a text message?

Your birthday is coming up,

I would rather tell it personally.

- But I have spoken to her.

- I know.

Two days later,

I found her on the couch.

Pulmonary oedema, the doctor said.

She had too much to drink.

And their tablets.

Maybe a few too many.

How do you imagine that?

Your job is the bar,

not chatting with friends.

There are enough candidates,

wanting your job.

Wait here.

What about the money for the funeral?

Jenny had 2 000 euros at the bank.

- A fortune.

- Mom could have had millions.

Yes, if she hadn't

everything squandered.

It was not her fault.

She always worked hard.

Stop it!

A pack as always, please.

That too.

Thank You.

Let's go.

This is not Bollywood!

- Do not look.

- Why?

You are in Greece

and can not speak Greek?

- Assholes.

- Be quiet.

F*ck off these fascists.

If there are multiple, be quite.

- This is Athens.

- In Crete, it is not different.

We do not look like Albanians.

But you like a fag.

That is worse.

- We are Albanians.

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Panos H. Koutras

Panos H. Koutras (Greek: Πάνος Κούτρας; born in Athens) is a Greek filmmaker, writer, who made his debut with the feature film The Attack of the Giant Moussaka (1999), a science-fiction parody. He has directed three more films Alithini Zoi (2004) and Strella (2009).He studied filmmaking at the London International Film School. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. When he was studying in London and Paris he submitted several short films to film festivals including the London Film Festival. At the Festival du Cinema, Mediterraneen he won first prize in 1991 for the short film The Fall and Rise of Lydia Von Burer.He was selected to be on the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.In an interview in the French newspaper Libération, he mentioned that he is LGBT activist and leftist artist. He added that his works are shaped by writers such as Proust and Wilde, and by filmmakers such as Fassbinder and Visconti, noting that their works should be looked in their homosexual dimension. In the same interview, he highlighted the racism and hypocrisy prevailing in Greek society. more…

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