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WASTED YOUTH

Greece, 2010 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Jan Vogel

"Energetic and exciting... a fascinating portrait of 'wasted youth' of all ages." - Screen International

In a modern Athens ravaged by the exploding financial crisis, teenager Haris is just happy that his school is closed. He spends his time skateboarding around the capital in search of girls, booze and trouble. Meanwhile, middle-aged policeman Vasilis, struggling to provide for his family, prepares for a night shift that will see him tragically collide with the blindly defiant Haris.

From filmmakers Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, Wasted Youth is a vigorous indictment of the mess of simmering tensions and futile anger that Athens has become in the wake of Greece's economic collapse. Evocatively shot using hand-held cameras and young Athenian non-professional actors, Wasted Youth is a raw account of a once-proud city lost in freefall.

D/S Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Jan Vogel P George Karnavas, Frederico Pietra, Dionisis Bougas S WS Elephant Eye L Greek w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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