When a Greek police officer catches his daughter participating in one of the riots that he believes is tearing apart their city, the two take a trip to their country home to hash out their disagreements in this ferocious drama that pits order against anarchy.
Yiorgos (Dmitris Imellos), an officer of the law, is celebrating his birthday in a mobile police unit, decked out in riot gear as he blows out his candles. A Molotov cocktail hits the van and the team ceases the celebration, scrambling into the street to subdue the violent demonstration. Through the tear gas, Yiorgos spies a teen girl peeking around the corner…his daughter, Margarita (Nefeli Kouri). Happy birthday, Yiorgos. Back at home, the cop and the young anarchist go at each other's throats, only to be stopped by Margarita's mother Sofia (Mirto Alikaki), who demands that they take a trip out to their country home to hash out their disagreements. The trip seems to be a bust as both parties are unwilling to compromise on even the most basic level, an impasse symbolized by the abandoned houses and shuttered businesses of this once-vibrant community. When Margarita's revolution-focused boyfriend Konstantinos (Vasilis Magouliotis) stops by for a visit, and Yiorgos' cop friends overstep their occupational boundaries, anger turns to vandalism and destruction, forcing the embattled father and daughter to find mutual understanding. Happy Birthday starts with a literal blast, then spends the rest of its running time burning as strongly as the riots that continue to hit this economically ravaged country.
Christos Georgiou was born in Britain and educated in cinema studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in Poland. He began writing and directing for television before switching over to film with his 2001 feature Under the Stars. His stories' protagonists are often representations of the dimensions of the human experience, where there is no true good and evil or right and wrong, but a grey area which we all exist in.
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- Original Language Title: Chronia Polla
- Director: Christos Georgiou
- Principal Cast: Nefeli Kouri, Dimitris Imellos, Mirto Alikaki
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Greece, Cyprus, Germany, France
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 88 minutes
- Producer: Thanassis Karathanos, Costas Lambropoulos, Birgit Kemner, Christos Georgiou
- Screenplay: Christos Georgiou
- Cinematographers: Yorgos Giannelis
- Editors: Aliki Panagi
- Music: Kostantis Papakonstantinou
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Children of the Riots (2012); Small Crime (2008); Under The Stars (2001)
- Language: Greek
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: The Moonshot Company