uk-premiere
Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Tue 26th Sep 17:45
Q&A with George T. Lemos

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 28th Sep 11:00

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Plateia Amerikis (Greek for America Square) is a square in Athens known for being a gathering spot for many refugees and undocumented immigrants trapped in the country. A cramped boiling-pot of frustration and desperation, the neighbourhood is a microcosm that reflects the wider problems faced by both refugees and locals. In this neighbourhood live Nakos, a bitter racist ready to act on his unhinged hate, and Tarek, a Syrian man trying to make his way to Germany with his young daughter. Also trying to make her way out of the country is Tereza, an African singer who’s under the thumb of the local mob, but who falls in love with one of Nakos’s friends, Billy. Tensions simmer and exits get blocked off by authorities, both legal and not – Athens is a dangerous place for undocumented foreigners. Yannis Sakaridis’ second feature film (his first was Wild Duck in 2013) again shows off his sharp eye for pace and storytelling. Originally an editor, Sakaridis still cuts his own work as well as writing, producing and directing, boldly announcing himself as a formidable new talent from a country that is undergoing a new golden age of filmmaking. Amerika Square took home both the Special Youth Jury Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at last year’s Thessaloniki Film Festival and was described by the Hollywood Reporter as “one of the best European films to date on the subject of immigration in all its painful implications". Orestes Kouzof
Original Title
Platia Amerikis
Runtime
86
Cast
Yannis Stankoglou
Makis Papadimitriou
Vassilis Kukalani
Ksenia Dania
Rea Pediaditaki
Country
Greece
UK
Germany
Director(s)
Yannis Sakaridis
Writer(s)
Yannis Tsirbas
Vangelis Mourikis
Yannis Sakaridis
Producer(s)
Yannis Sakaridis
Nikkos J. Frangos
George Th Lemos
Venia Vergou
Executive Producer(s)
Yannis Sakaridis
Screening Status
UK Premiere