Two parallel stories gradually taking place closer to each other until their merger into one, near the end of the film.
On the one hand, images of desolate landscapes that attempt to incorporate in its entirety the Benjaminian thought as expressed in his theses on history: in short, the essential question asked by the German author: what does remain after the storm of the ‘progress’? The desolate landscape, where nothing ‘grows’ besides a wire, a few sheets of paper, plastic pipes or abandoned machines.
On the other hand, the real and harsh words of a Greek citizen, a young visual artist who tells us, eye to eye, what desolation feels now (in 2013, the year of the film). The fear of almost everything: of the Other, of the streets, and so on. The extremely low expectations for the future. The frustration and, above all, the strong need of leaving everything behind and leave the country.
A black-and-white film with the intense and real sounds of the protests in Athens present. The sound element has a crucial importance as it works as a kind of glue in the binding of the two narratives and their transformation into one.
This film is my ‘reply’ to an e-mail sent from Greece by a friend – the girl in the pictures. The text of the e-mail has immediately embodied itself in my head like a poem, a tragic poem – it is the text of the film – and yet it's much more than that: it is a very real image of the reality that Greece lived those days. For all this to be past is the profound wish of this film made in 2013.