O Gios Tis Sofias

Greece, Bulgaria, France 2017


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 favorite fairy tales.

Directors Statement

"Son of Sofia" is a film about the inability to express and accept love. At the same time, it is a story about how we raise our children and how our homeland grooms future citizens. In that sense, it is essentially a film about identity formation: sexual, national, religious, linguistic and political.
After my first film, I’m once again consumed by a personal story, which, when placed in a specific sociopolitical context, is seen on a much grander scale and expresses much more a collective attitude. Two men vie for one woman’s attention, just like two different worlds stake their claim to the same society, in a violent, absurd, urban fairytale...


“Son of Sofia” is Elina Psykou’s second feature. Her debut, “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas” premiered in Berlinale 2013 and, later on the same year, Elina was among the 10 European directors to watch by Variety.



Cast & Crew

Directed by : Elina Psykou

Written by : Elina Psykou

Produced by : Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Director of Photography : Dionysis Efthimiopoulos

Editor : Nelly Ollivault

Production Design : Pinelopi Valti

Costume Design : Marli Aliferi

Hair & Make up Artist : Valentin Valov, Petya Simeonova

Sound Design : Persefoni Miliou

Main Cast : Valery Tscheplanowa (Sofia), Thanassis Papageorgiou (Mr. Nikos), Victor Khomut (Misha)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2017