Animal

Sofia Exarchou

Radar Greece, Austria, Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria 116 min Catalan premiere Fiction

Synopsis

Under the hot Greek sun, the animateurs at an all-inclusive island resort prepare for the busy touristic season. Kalia is the leader of the pack. Paper decors, glossy costumes and dance shows fill the stage. As summer intensifies and the work pressure builds up, their nights become violent and Kalia’s struggle is revealed in the darkness. But when the spotlights turn on again, the show must go on.

Presented by the director

Themes

European CinemaFemale DirectorSex

Filmmaker

Sofia Exarchou

She studied Electrical Engineering, Film Direction at the Stavrakos Film School and Theater at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. In 2014, she participated at Sundance Screenwriter’s & Director’s Lab. Park, her debut feature, premiered at Toronto IFF and San Sebastian IFF (New Directors Award), was selected and won awards in numerous international film festivals. Animal is her sophomore feature film.

Filmography: Animal (2023, D'A 2024), Park (2016), Mesecina (short film, 2009), Apostasi (short film, 2006)

Sofia Exarchou

Film information

Int. title: Animal
Director: Sofia Exarchou
Script: Sofia Exarchou
Contact: Shellac
With: Dimitra Vlagopoulou, Flomaria Papadaki, Ahilleas Hariskos, Chronis Barbarian
Country: Greece, Austria, Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria
Year: 2023
Format: DCP
Length: 116 min
Language: Greek, English, German
Subtitles: Catalan, English

Sessions

Awards

LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL
Best Actress

SEMINCI VALLADOLID
Special Mention of the Punto de Encuentro selection

Poster

Animal