64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Under the hot Greek sun, the animators at an all-inclusive island resort prepare for the busy touristic season. Kalia is the group leader. As summer intensifies and the work pressure builds up, their nights become violent and Kalia’s struggle is revealed in the darkness. But when the spotlights turn on again, the show must go on.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Sofia Exarchou
Script: Sofia Exarchou
Cinematography: Monika Lenczewska
Editing: Dragos Apetri
Sound: Sebastian Watzinger, Rudolf Gottsberger, Odo Grötschnig, Thomas Pötz Kava
Music: Wolfgang Frisch
Actors: Dimitra Vlagopoulou, Flomaria Papadaki, Ahilleas Hariskos, Voodoo Jürgens, Chronis Barbarian, Ilias Chatzigeorgiou, Danai Petropoulea, Kristof, Elpida Orfanidou, Joanna Toubakari, Fay Tzouma, Nondas Damopoulos, Vangelis Evangelinos
Production: Homemade Films
Producers: Maria Drandaki, Maria Kontogianni
Co-production: Nabis Filmgroup, Digital Cube, Felony, ARS OOD, ERT SA. With the support of: Eurimages - Council of Europe, Media Creative Europe, Greek Film Centre, Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, Salzburg City Film Fund, Centrul National al Cinematografiei, Mediacom, Bulgarian Film Center, Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Culture, ΕΚΟΜΕ SA, Region of Crete, Αrctos Films
Co-producers: Lukas Valenta Rinner, Laura Sterian, Stelios Kammitsis, Vicky Miha, Ivan Tonev, Menos Deliotzakis
Costumes: Vassilia Rozana
Sets: Jorien Sont
Make Up: Ioanna Lygizou
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Greece, Austria, Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 116'
Distribution in Greece: Weirdwave
Contact: Shellac Films (Egle Cepaite,

Sofia Exarchou

Sofia Exarchou is a Greek film director and screenwriter. In 2014, she was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters & Directors Lab. Park, her debut feature film, was widely acclaimed after its premiere at Toronto IFF and San Sebastian IFF, where it won the New Directors Award. Her sophomore film, Animal, was selected and participated in L’Atelier (Festival de Cannes, 2020). In August 2023, Animal premiered at Locarno IFF, where it won the Award for Best Performance. In October 2023, Animal won Best Film Award (the Vanguard Award) at Vancouver IFF.


2006 Distance (short)
2009 Mesecina (short)
2016 Park 
2023 Animal