Directed by Filippos Tsitos; Greece and Germany, 2009; 103 min.
Moderated by Dimitris Kraniou, Professor of International Economics and Management at Point Park University.
Followed by reception featuring Greek food platter and Greek wines.
Presented in conjunction with the American-Hellenic Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
"Social commentary and heartwarming specificity are what make Filippos Tsitos' (LUX Prize competition 2010) bittersweet dramedy as a example of one of Greece's finest inventions: satire." – Joseph Proimakis (Cineuropa)
2010 Orpheus Award for best feature film: Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
2010 Leopard Award for Best Actor: Locarno Film Festival
2010 Universal Award: Locarno Film Festival
2010 Best Feature Film, Filmfestival del Garda
2010 Shortlisted for the Lux Prize for the Best European Film, Sao Paulo IFF
2010 Spirit of Fire Silver Taiga Award for 2nd Best Feature Film, Inter. Debut Film Festival
Stavros has been living the life, sitting outside of his convenience store with his three best friends watching other men work, but never really working himself. His days consist of either counting the Chinese workers or criticizing the Albanians with his loser friends. Then one day everything gets turned upside-down when an Albanian worker claims that he is Stavros' brother. All of a sudden Stavros' mother can speak Albanian. She tells Stavros that she left Albania when he was a baby, leaving behind another son. Stavros has to face the facts and try to figure out if he is the Greek man he always thought he was, or if he is suddenly one of the Albanians he and his friends always talk about.
studied marketing at university and has worked as a photographer, assistant director on documentaries, and as a producer for musical radio programs. In 1991, he moved to Germany and studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy of Berlin. He won the German Short Film Award for Parlez-moi d’amour in 1994. His feature debut My Sweet Home (2001) was selected at the Berlinale.