Greece 2017

Synopsis

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone – in every possible way.

Directors Statement

“Copa-Loca” is an abandoned summer resort; a ‘wonderland’, that has fallen apart.
It evolved from my early memories of summer, growing up in the 90s in Greece. Memories of real instances and imagined ones; sparked from the sensationalised imagery I was exposed to, and from the magically-ambiguous words I would hear from the lips of adults: “Cosmopolitan”, “Mai-Tai”, “Gin Fizz”, “Sex on the beach”.
This seemed like the “promised land” of adulthood: a never-ending summer, floating in grenadine, burning under a hedonistic sun. But nothing could prepare you for the winter chills of adulthood – of loss and of separation. “Copa-Loca” is this summer-land, revisited.

Biography

Christos Massalas was born in Greece in 1986. He is a graduate of the London Film School, LFS. His short films have received prizes and have screened at many international film festivals, including Cannes, Locarno, BFI, Guanajuato, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki and more.
He is currently based in Athens, developing his first feature-length film.

Filmography:

2017 COPA LOCA, short
2016 FLOWERS AND BOTTOMS, short
2016 BON-BON, short
2012 WOMAN WITH THE PLASTIC FLOWER, short
2011 MAKE-UP, short
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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Christos Massalas

Written by : Christos Massalas

Produced by : Christos Massalas

Director of Photography : Konstantinos Koukoulios

Editor : Christos Massalas

Costume Design : Marli Aliferi

Hair & Make up Artist : Ioanna Lygizou

Composer : ?tella

Sound Design : Dimitris Kanellopoulos, George Ramantanis

Main Cast : Jenny Hiloudaki (Paulina's mother), Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Talat Iqbal, Elsa Lekakou (Paulina)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2017