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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Zizotek

2019, Vardis Marinakis, Greece, 92 min.
With August Lambrou-Negreponyis, Dimitris Xanthopoulos

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 27th 8:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 30th 8:00pm

“Peculiar and moving and subtly bewitching…extraordinary, conducting us guilelessly into the emotional heart of every scene.”—Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Powerful and lyrical.”—David González, Cineuropa

A single mother readies her nine-year-old child for a family portrait, inscribes one of the photos lovingly, and then abandons the little boy among the crowds at a rural music festival. Frightened, Jason (extraordinary first-time actor Lambrou-Negreponyis) wanders hungry and cold through the woods, and breaks into a cabin where he helps himself to food and the unknown owner’s bed. Evoking the storybook tale of the Three Bears, director Marinakos (BLACK FIELD) sets up the initial confrontation between the child and the rugged mute hermit Minos (Xanthopoulos), who makes his living by smuggling refugees. Balanced between realism and myth, ZIZOTEK charts the growing love between two outcasts, whose future as a pseudo-family will be shadowed by the fantastical presence of a bear. In Greek with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of StudioBauhaus. (BS)

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