62nd Festival del Film Locarno

05.08.2009 to 15.08.2009

Jury president Jos Horemans and prize winner Filippos Tsitos at the award ceremony

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Plato's Academy
Kleine Wunder in Athen
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Through its well-considered mise-en-scène and deliberate camera work, this film is a detailed observation of simple people in their everyday life in a neighbourhood in Athens. With a sometimes bitter-sweet, sometimes ironical tone, the film criticises naive patriotism and xenophobia, pleading instead for the dismissal of prejudices, a good understanding between cultures and the acceptance of others even if they are different.

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Subtly and by an appropriate timing the film tells a touching story of solitude and relationship. Beautiful images of pristine nature, and music reveal the mood and emotions of the characters. The director conveys a strong message of hope for people violated in their lives and struggling for new relations, demonstrating respect for the freedom and independence of the other.

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