As an unpredictable, sweeping pandemic causes people to develop sudden amnesia, a man finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help him build a new life. His treatment: performing daily tasks prescribed by his doctors on cassette tape, and capturing these new memories with a Polaroid camera. Greek writer-director Christos Nikou’s debut feature is a surreal and enigmatic work, a beguiling exploration of identity and reality.
Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery. Through images deadpan, strange and surreal, Greek writer-director Christos Nikou posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss, exploring how a society might handle an irreversible epidemic through one man’s story of self-discovery. Are we the sum of the images we compile and display of ourselves, or are we something richer, and deeper?
Greece/Poland/Slovenia- 2020 – 90 min – 4:3 – Greek – First Feature
Written and Directed by
Iraklis Mavroeidis, Angelos Venetis, Aris Dagios, Nikos Smpiliris (Boo Productions) & Christos Nikou
Co-Produced by Mariusz Włodarski (Lava Films) & Ales Pavlin and Andrej Stritof (Perfo Production)
With the support of
Greek Film Centre, ERT, Polish Film Institute and MEDIA.
director of photography Bartosz Swiniarski
edited by Giorgos Zafeiris
original score The Boy
casting director Stavros Raptis
line producer Sevi Morou
sound designer Leandros Ntounis
sound engineer Kostas Koutelidakis, Saso Kalan, Tom Lemajic
art direction Efi Birba
costumes Dimitra Liakoura
make up Kiriaki Melidou
production manager Teta Apostolaki
Christos Nikou was born in Athens in 1984.
His short film KM participated in over 40 international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Stockholm, Palm Springs, Sydney, Tallinn Black Nights, Interfilm Berlin, and winning the Best Short Film Price at the Motovun Film Festival of Croatia
For the past ten years, he has worked as an assistant director on the feature films DOGTOOTH (Yorgos Lanthimos) and BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater), as well as 4 BLACK SUITS, NOBODY, CHRISTMAS TANGO, A GREEK TYPE OF PROBLEM and 7 KINDS OF WRATH and APPROACH.
Festivals & Awards
Venice Opening film Orizzonti (World Premiere)
Zurich – Competition
Chicago – Competition
Denver – Competition
Tokyo Film Festival – Tokyo Premiere 2020