Athens picked as city of honor at Toronto
- Canada’s fest to feature Greek capital in its City to City section, showcasing two world debuts among its ten screenings
Yiannis Sakaridis’ Wild Duck (photo) and Yiorgos Servetas’ Standing Aside Watching will have their world premiere in one of the world’s leading film forums this fall, having been picked among the ten entries to be featured in Toronto’s City to City programme, which this year shines its spotlight on Athens.
Following Buenos Aires, Constantinople and Mumbai, Athens and its struggling film production will have a chance to awe audiences overseas, hoping to haul in international interest and production funds to help the flailing industry.
Sakaridis’ Wild Duck follows a telecommunications engineer who sees his business crash, before picking up a colleague’s efforts to untangle an eavesdropping scandal.
“A film about the choices we make when facing moral dilemmas”, is what Wild Duck is for Sakaridis, who found it “imperative to express myself as a director within the artistic outburst occurring during the current social and economic upheaval”.
Standing Aside, Watching, is a young woman’s struggle to elbow her way into a confined small-town society, a story that taps into the recent phenomenon of young Greeks abandoning city-life and flowing back to suburbia in hopes of a viable future.
“There was no better way to tell this story than through the epic viewpoint of a spaghetti western”, says director Yiorgos Servetas, who sees his heroine “transcend herself when faced with violence, prejudice and a communal vow of silence”.
Alexandros Avranas’s Venice contender Miss Violence [+see also:
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