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63rd TIFF: World Premiere

Financial upheaval forces a teenage deaf girl, 16-year-old Valmira, to leave her progressive Athens school and return to her father's struggling island; there, she is confronted by the danger of prejudice and intolerance – most shockingly her own.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Maria Douza
Script: Maria Douza
Cinematography: Zaphiris Epaminondas
Editing: Ioanna Pogiantzi
Sound: Georgy Filippov
Music: Anna Stereopoulou
Actors: Efthalia Papacosta, Dimitris Kitsos,Yorgos Pyrpasopoulos, Yoana Bukovska Davidova, Nikos Koukas, Evangelia Andreadaki
Production: Steficon
Producers: Michael Sarantinos
Co-production: Ars Digital, Greek Film Center, ERT SA, Bulgarian Film Fund, EKOME SA, Creative Europe Media, North Aegean Region, Municipality of Chios
Co-producers: Ivan Tonev
Costumes: Angeliki Panagiotou, Anna Karamousli
Sets: Olga Leontiadou
Make Up: Hara Mavrofrydi
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Greece, Bulgaria
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 108΄
Contact: Steficon (Michael Sarantinos,

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Maria Douza

Maria Douza is writer and director of fiction films, documentaries, and commercials. Her first feature The Tree and the Swing (2013) was shown in many festivals worldwide and has just been bought by Netflix .Her second film Listen (2022) has been selected to participate in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.


1991 The Bridge (short)
1994 The Island (short)
2008 The Agas Trial (doc)
2013 The Tree and the Swing
2017 Thission Cinema of Athens (doc)
2018 Pantelis Kaliotsos: Ιn the Writer’s Workshop (doc)
2022 Listen