Amerika Square

Πλατεία Αμερικής

Our feature presentation immediately following the documentary short film, 4.1 Miles.

Director: Yannis Sakaridis
Starring Themis Bazaka, Ksenia Dania and Nikkos J. Frangos

An unemployed disgruntled Greek nationalist in Athens has his world turned upside down when his apartment building and beloved city park become a home and resting stop for migrants in transit across Europe.

There, refugees searching for a new life must navigate the seedier elements of Greek society to survive. Mixing a kinetic visual style with ripped from the headlines storytelling, Amerika Square is an unflinching look at the mass migration economy—where “borders are business.”

"One of the best European films to date on the subject of immigration in all its painful implications. Nako and Tarek, who only meet briefly in the film under the oddest of circumstances, represent two diametrically opposing forces that threaten to overwhelm the social order.The film sidesteps many, if not all, of the expected clichés to end on a mythic/heroic note.Sakaridis, who did his own editing, interweaves the stories in a natural way with well-written voiceovers. One of them notes how no one wanted to sit on park benches until they were "occupied" by foreigners. Minos Matsas’ music bubbles through the soundtrack, adding atmosphere to Jan Vogel’s very fine cinematography that emphasizes people in a landscape." –The Hollywood Reporter

Selected to be part of the following festivals :
Busan International Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Special Youth Jury Award, Actor Special Mention)
Trieste Film Festival (Erasmus Jury Award)

Kino Pavasaris-Vilnius Film Festival Lithuania