Son of Sofia

Elina Psykou

Greece, France, Bulgaria2017111 MinRussian, Greek

Subtitles: NL, EN, ES, FR, IT, PL, PT, DE, RO, HU

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In Athens during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, an 11-year-old boy arrives from Russia to live with his mother after two years spent apart. The director uses a personal story as a starting point to paint a portrait of the lowermiddle class in Greece as the country teeters on the brink of economic collapse. Set in an almost claustrophobic environment, this drama dismantles some of the prevailing myths about Greek society.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

Son of Sofia

(O Gios tis Sofias)

Athens, 2004 summer Olympic Games. 11-year-old Misha arrives from Russia to live with his mother, Sofia. What he doesn’t know is that there is a father waiting for him there. While Greece is living the Olympic dream, Misha will get violently catapulted into the adult world, riding on the dark side of his favourite fairy tales.

  • Sarajevo IFF - Art Cinema Award
  • Tribeca IFF - Official Selection
  • Starring:  Viktor Khomut, Valery Tcheplanowa, Thanasis Papageorgiou
  • Production:  Heretic Creative Producers, Chouchkov Brothers, KinoElektron
  • International Sales:  Heretic Outreach

This coming-of-age story immerses itself in its protagonist’s unreal headspace, where fantasies about animals, murder and his mother portentously commingle. The film's precise style is both the source of its unnerving power and the reason for its occasional inertia, and it should attract attention from an adventurous art-house crowd.

- Variety -

Elina Psykou

Born in Greece in 1977, Elina Psykou studied filmmaking and sociology. In 2013, Variety singled her out as one of the “10 European Directors to Watch”. Currently, as a producer, Elina is at the post production of Pack of Sheep by Dimitris Kanellopoulos, and as a director, at the preproduction of her first documentary, Stray Bodies, and at the development of her third feature Patrimonial Fears and other Symptoms, which was participated in the 2019 Berlinale co-production market.

My film revolves around the stereotypes of the good and the bad. At the end of the film it should be clear that there’s neither good nor bad but only different points of view.