Son of Sofia is Elina Psykou’s second feature, with her previous film The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas having premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013. Son of Sofia is a film that’s partly in Greek and partly in Russian and is set in Athens in 2004.
Synopsis-Two years after his father’s death, Misha’s mother has created a new life in a new country. After migrating from Russia to Greece she has found a husband for herself, whose obnoxious attempts at disciplining her son are less than welcome. Moving to Athens means Misha’s life is being uprooted and his identity reformulated. This deeply personal story is enveloped in fairy tales, set in the peculiar cultural circumstance of the summer of 2004, as the Summer Olympics pervade all casual conversations and the ever-popular winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest plays in the background. What is public and communal invades the private in the form of sports, music and television. A child’s imagination transforms difficult situations into the dark side of fairy tales.
Son of Sofia had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017 where it also won the award for the Best International Narrative Feature. The film has also made it to the Jeonju International Film Festival 2017.
Here’s the trailer-