Departing from the exchange of letters found by Thelya Petraki, she pieced together a short film in which the so-called found footage (including period videos, home movies, and TV footage) combine seamlessly with live actors filming. The latter was painstakingly organized to recreate the atmosphere, almost the feel of the 1980’s, the decade in which the story plays out. A powerful heroine carries through daily hardships, a tormented private sphere, and a historical background that is to bring about deep geopoliti cal changes, whose s cope perhaps we still barel y grasp. This projec t is bound to become a feature-length film, in which more room will be given to the male point view (the woman’s absent partner in the short).
Thelyia Petraki is a Greek film director. She graduated from Calarts (USA) with a BA in Film and from UCL (UK) with an MA in Social Anthropology. She wrote and directed Pray (2012), the medium-length documentary Me and The Others (2015), and Helga Är I Lund (2017). Bella won a special mention at Visions du Réel, where it premiered, and the E-Flux Prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival. Petraki is now developing her first feature film.
sceneggiatura/screenplay Thelyia Petraki
fotografia/cinematography Manu Tilinski
montaggio/editing Myrto Kara
sound design/sound designer Valia Tserou
produttore/producer Kostas Tagalakis
Helena Topalidou, Nikos Kouris, Elena
Megreli, Adonis Hatzipopis, Theofania Dokou
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