Xenia

9.6, 22:00
Cinematheque 1

13.6, 14:00
Cinematheque 1

Dir: Panos H. Koutras
Cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia Greece, 2014, 134 minutes
Greek with English and Hebrew subtitles

XENIA
Cannes Film Festival 2014 – World premiere
Toronto Film Festival 2014
Chicago Festival – 2014 Best Film Award

Director Panos H Koutras was in TLVFest 2009 with the excellent film “Strella”. This year he returns to us with the dizzying melodrama “Xenia” that combines beautiful music with a moving story and a social message. The film is set against the backdrop of a shattered economic reality of Greece with a wave of racism and hatred sweeping the country. After the death of his mother, Danny is leaving everything behind and wandering from Crete to Athens to be with his older brother, Odysseas. Along with Danny’s pet rabbit, the brothers go on a journey that will take them from Athens to Thessaloniki in search of their biological father who never married their Albanian mother. They are determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, which will pave the way to a Greek citizenship.
The title of the film is ironic. “Xenia” in Greek also means “hospitality”. Both brothers were born and raised in the country and feel Greek, but the country refuses to recognize them. Koutras’ film is an absolute delight throughout its 134 minutes and the young actors occupy the screen with boundless charisma.