Ektoras Lygizos’ fist feature competes at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival!

Ektoras Lygizos’ feature-length debut “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food” is among the 12 films competing for this year’s Crystal Globe at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

“The film narrates three days in the life of a 23-year-old man living in contemporary Athens, who’s struggling to survive, while at the same time trying to keep his pet canary alive. It’s a struggle against all odds, but mostly against his own foolish pride that prevents from asking for help. He’s determined to make it on his own.”

This is how Ektoras Lygizos had described the storyline of his debut feature in December 2011, right before he presented a brief excerpt in the work-in-progress section of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

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Six months later, the film is finally in the can. Making good on its promises, “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food” has won a slot on the competition section of the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as “one of the more radical allegorical films to come out of Greece, a country currently producing some of the most interesting works to figure on the international festival circuit,” to quote the festival programmers. The film has clear Bressonian overtones and is considered part of a new generation of filmmakers reinterpreting the recession.

At 36, Lygizos has been an active member of the Greek film community ever since he won a State Cinema Award for his first short “Interior With Woman Peeling Apples (Details)” in 2002, followed by “Pure Youth”, which screened at the 2004 Venice Biennale before traveling to festivals around the world. In the intervening years, Lygizos spent his time working on stage productions, his most recent being “Uncle Vanya”, which he co-directed and starred.

“I’m very curious to see how people will react to a film like ours at Karlovy Vary – a festival I’ve been told has a rather conventional outlook, as it’s a very personal and subjective work, bordering on the obsessive,” says the director when asked about competing at one of the oldest and most well-known festivals in the world.

Ektoras Lygizos’ debut will compete for the Crystal Globe alongside 11 other films from all over the world between June 29 and July 7. “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food” is the only Greek entry in the festival this year, arriving on the heels of Christos Karakepelis’ “Raw Material” and the “Young Greek Cinema” tribute, both of which featured prominently at the 2011 edition.

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