Apo Tin Akri tis Polis

Greece

Synopsis

Hanging out, clubbing, cruising brothels and the city streets, petty thievery, soliciting in Omonia Square ... these are the superficial elements which unite the group of young Pontioi, Greek Russians who originated from the coast of the Black Sea, now living at Menidi, a poor neighbourhood on the western outskirts of Athens.

Having arrived from Kazakhstan a few years earlier, they feel isolated in their new homeland, despite the fact that - as their leader Sasha says - they are of Greek descent.

Adolescents hungry for adventure, they dare to challenge the great city that sprawls seductively at their feet. Using all the means at their disposal, they stop at nothing. Only Sasha bravely admits to himself that whatever happens now is merely transient - a crossing that will take him closer to the fulfillment of his dreams. Their lives, their values, and the blood ties that bind them start to crumble as they collide with the ruthless world which they so eagerly strive to conquer from the edge of the city.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Constantinos Giannaris

Written by: Constantinos Giannaris

Produced by: Dionysis Samiotis, Anastasios Vasiliou

Cinematography: George Argiroiliopoulos

Editing: Ioanna Spiliopoulou

Production Design: Michalis Samiotis

Costume Design: Sanny Alberti

Main Cast: Dimitris Papoulidis (Giorgos), Theodora Tzimou (Natasha), Costas Cotsianidis (Cotsian), Stathis Papadopoulos (Sasha)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 1999