The Son of Sofia – Greece, Bulgaria, France ,111′ 2017
Director: Elina Psykou
Writer: Elina Psykou
Cinematography by: Dionysis Efthymiopoulos
Cast: Victor Khomut; Valery Tscheplanowa; Thanasis Papageorgiou
Producer: Giorgos Karnavas
Co – producer: Borislav Chouchkov
Athens, 2004 summer Olympic Games. 11-year-old Misha arrives from Russia to live with his mother, Sofia. What he doesn’t know is that there is a father waiting for him there. While Greece is living the Olympic dream, Misha will get violently catapulted into the adult world, riding on the dark side of his favorite fairy tales.
Born in Greece in 1977, Elina studied filmmaking and sociology in Athens. She continued her studies in cultural history in Paris and participated in the 2007 Berlinale Talent Campus. Her first feature, “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas”, won the Works in Progress Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2012 and premiered at the Berlinale Forum in 2013. During that same year, trade publication Variety singled her out as one of the “10 European Directors to Watch”. Her second feature, “Son of Sofia”, was selected to participate in the 2013 Berlinale Residency program, as well as the 2014 Berlinale co-production market, won the Works in Progress Award at the Les Arcs EFF in 2015, premiered in competition at the Tribeca FF in 2017 and won the Best International Narrative Feature Award. Currently Elina is researching her first documentary, “Europe, oh Europe”, supported by Creative Europe and EAVE, and is writing her third feature. She occasionally works as a producer.