Magazine article Screen International

Son of Sofia' Wins Les Arcs Work in Progress Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Son of Sofia' Wins Les Arcs Work in Progress Prize

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Greek drama Son Of Sofia (O Gios Tis Sofias) has won the top prize at Les Arcs European Film Festival's fifth Work in Progress event.

The film, about an 11-year-old boy who travels from Russia to Athens during the 2004 Olympic Games to live with his mother and an elderly Greek man, won the Digimage prize of euro4,000 worth of services from post-production lab Monal Group.

The Greece-Bulgaria-France co-production marks the second feature of Elina Psykou, whose The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas was selected for the Berlinale in 2013 and won a hat-trick of awards at Thessaloniki, including the FIPRESCI Prize.

For her new feature, Psykou has re-teamed with Athens-based production firm Heretic, which also made Ektoras Lygizos' Boy Eating the Bird's Food (2012).

Budgeted at euro985,000 ($1.1m), partners on Son Of Sofia include Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria) and KinoElektron (France).

The cast includes Viktor Khomut, Valery Tcheplanowa and Thanasis Papageorgiou.

Presenting the film at Les Arcs, Heretic producer Giorgos Karnavas said the first cut of the film will be available by the end of February.

The winning film was chosen by a jury comprising Karlovy Vary artistic director Karel Och, Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrain and Haugesund managing director Gyda Velvin Myklebust. …

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