Thanasis Neofotistos, 2019, 13'
Sredi vročega deževnega dne na tramvaju številka 3 v središču Sarajeva starejša gospa v leopardji obleki grozi potnikom s sočnimi pomarančami.
In a tram on Route-3, the Old Lady in the leopard dress treats the passengers with juicy oranges during a hot, but rainy day in the centre of Sarajevo. Nadja, the princess-teen in her pink hijab; Luka, the virgin bully; an Orthodox Priest; an old creepy man and many, many more ordinary people in this tram have nothing in common, but a juicy slice of orange. All except a shy, yet horny, teenager named Amar.
As someone who is familiar with the unpleasant feeling of being afraid to express my attraction to someone in public, I identify with Amar, a teenager discovering his “forbidden” sexual attraction for this beautiful Muslim girl. I understand how he feels trapped and judged by the strangers in this conservative, yet full of sexual energy, tram ride of the historic Route-3 in the centre of the charming city of Sarajevo.
Thanasis is a Film Director, Writer & Architect from Greece, an alumnus of several important international film networks, like Berlinale Talents. His latest short film, called “PATISION AVENUE” (13’-2018), premiered in 75th Venice Film Festival, won 3 awards at Clermont-Ferrand 2019 (Jury, Canal+, EFA) and has already been selected in more than 100 film festivals around the world and won many awards. His film “SPARKLING CANDLES” (9'-2019) premiered in the best LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, 43rd Frameline 2019. “GREEK SCHOOL PRAYER” (20’-2014), his thesis, had a great festival career and was the best Greek Short of its year. He is now in the financing stage of his debut feature film, which he envisions as a coming-of-age Greek tragedy, “PETER AND THE WOLF” (Media, FirstFilmsFirst, MFI, etc) and in the development stage of his feature film project “WILD BOARS” (Torino Lab 2019, MFI 2019).
*DIRECTOR’S SITE: www.thanasisneofotistos.com