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Sofia Exarchou
Regisseurin 2023 116 min Griechenland, Österreich, Rumänien, Zypern, Bulgarien
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A poignant character study about the darker side of tourism

Over the course of a hot Greek summer, a group of young performers provide entertainment for seasonal tourists at the tawdry island resort Hotel Mirage. Under the guidance of Kalia, now in her 30s and returning for her ninth year, the group stages activities: bingo and water aerobics by day, cabaret and clubbing by night. Drunken revelries and hookups with random tourists are routine. As the summer stretches on and takes its toll on her body, Kalia begins to doubt her choices.

An incisive and poignant character study of a woman in decline, with a sensational performance from lead actress Dimitra Vlagopoulou. With the tourism industry’s expectation of ceaseless entertainment as its backdrop, Animal is an exploration of committing oneself to a path that trades on never-ending youth.


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  • Dimitra Vlagopoulou
  • Flomaria Papadaki
  • Ahilleas Hariskos


  • Sofia Exarchou


  • Monika Lenczewska


  • Valia Tserou
  • Kostas Varympopiotis


  • Wolfgang Frisch


  • Homemade Films


Dienstag 05 März 2024 21:15
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Griechisch
Untertitel : Englisch
Screening : Public Screening
Mittwoch 06 März 2024 16:00
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Griechisch
Untertitel : Französisch
Screening : Public Screening

Sofia Exarchou

Sofia Exarchou
Sofia Exarchou

Sofia Exarchou is a Greek film director and screenwriter. She studied electrical engineering at the Athens Polytechnic, film direction at the Stavrakos Film School, theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, and film and audiovisual studies at the ESAV in Toulouse. Her debut feature, Park, won the New Directors Award at San Sabastian IFF. Animal is her second feature-length film.


  • Animal 2023
  • Park 2016
  • Mesecina (short) 2009
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