Athens International Film Festival
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BETTY

GREECE | 1979 | COLOR | DCP | 33’ | GREEK

Betty is a short film that narrates a day in the life of an Athenian trans. As the day draws to a close, memories of her former life and images from her current, the past and present, intersect. Yet both are dominated by an overarching emotion: the unavoidable loneliness of the individual.

DIRECTOR: Dimitris Stavrakas
SCREENWRITER: Dimitris Stavrakas
DoP: Stavros Hassapis
EDITOR: Yanna Spyropoulou
PRINCIPAL CAST: Betty Vakalidou

DIMITRIS STAVRAKAS
Born in Athens in 1938. He worked for years in television starting in France and then in Greece. In the meantime he directed short and feature films, as well as documentaries for television.

FILMOGRAPHY
2006
The Crossing
1999 The Canary Yellow Bicycle
1983 The Misunderstanding
1979 Betty



    Publication date: 2021-09-14 15:37:38

    CORONA

    CORONA

    The film will be shown prior to the main screening.

    TANGERINE

    TANGERINE

    Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. Having found out that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him a lesson. A refreshing reminder of what indie film has to offer, the award-winning film by Sean Baker doesn't typify trans-women as martyrs of society but rather casts them as leads, draws from their experience, skyrockets from their energy and hilarious dialogues all the while documenting the wild beauty which blooms in the alleys of an inhospitable metropolis. Introduction by Anna Kouroupou, director of Red Umbrella Athens.

    LITTLE GIRL / PETITE FILLE

    LITTLE GIRL / PETITE FILLE

    Seven-year old Sasha was born in the body of a boy, but already at the age of three she knows she is a girl. The scholar of the queer experience, Sébastien Lifshitz, follows her along with her and her family, insightfully capturing the challenges they face, moments of joy but also the disturbing reaction of a society which remains conservative. A deeply touching and authentically caring cinematic portrait exuding love, teaching compassion and empathy while at the same time serving as a real example of how family acceptance of all trans kids should look like.

    SEE YOU THEN

    SEE YOU THEN

    Two exes meet after thirteen years. One is married with children, the other is now a trans woman. They spend a whole night together and the more the intimacy between them is rekindled the closer they get to the memory of the traumatic event that defined their relationship. Disarmingly minimalist and directed with simplicity so as to focus only on what is necessary. The film, by transgender Mari Walker, is a calm and earnest outlook on the road to transition, but also on all the big and small things left behind, temporarily putting our lives on hold. Winner of the outstanding Performance award at L.A. Outfest.

    OLEANDERS

    OLEANDERS