Sofia Exarchou’s PARK (produced by Amanda Livanou), which was presented for the first time in 2012 at the 53d Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Crossroads Co-Production Forum and went on to win the CNC prize (7000 euros for script development), has been selected to participate in this year’s Sundance Directors Lab (May 26 – June 26).
The film takes place ten years after the Olympic Games in Athens. The Olympic Village is in decay. Among the abandoned athletic facilities and new-money tourist resorts nearby, 17-year-old Dimitris and his friends traverse Greece’s “glorious” past with the decadence of today, creating a portrait of a society unprepared for the brutal fall.
Sofia Exarchou is the writer/director of the short films Mesecina and Distance. She pursued post-graduate studies in Toulouse and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York. Exarchou is based in Athens, Greece, where she received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Film Studies. PARK, which has been developed with the support of the Centre Nationale de la Cinematographie (CNC, France) and the Eurimages Council of Europe, is her first feature film. The film is slated for production in late summer 2014 in Athens.