Boy Eating the Bird’s Food
To agori troi to fagito tou pouliou
A provocative character study and an urgent parable for Greece’s economic meltdown.
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Yorgos lives alone in a rundown apartment in Athens. He appears to have talent as a choral singer, but that isn’t something that can sustain him financially. Troubled and desperate, he eats his pet canary’s seed, scavenges for scraps throughout the city and behaves increasingly erratically. He begins to fixate on a woman working as a receptionist in a hotel; could she prove to be his salvation? The debut feature from Ektoras Lygizos is a provocative character study shot with vérité styling in claustrophobic close-up on handheld camera, and an urgent parable for Greece’s economic meltdown.
The pigs – we eat them. The cows – we eat them and we take their milk. The sheep – they give us wool. The dogs, our guardians – they protect our homes. The canaries? What the fuck do canaries do? They are completely useless. We water them, we feed them and the only thing they do is sing.
Born in Athens in 1976, he has directed for the stage plays by Beckett, Ibsen and Chekhov, while his short film Pure Youth was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2004. Boy Eating the Bird’s Food is his first feature film.
2004 Agna niata (Pure Youth) [s]
Director Athina Rachel Tsangari
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