Tribeca Film Review: ‘Son of Sofia’

Caught between different cultures, fathers and adolescent urges, a Russian boy forced to relocate to Greece retreats into fantasy in “Son of Sofia.” The second feature from writer-director Elina Psykou (named by Variety in 2013 as one of “10 European directors to watch”), this coming-of-age story immerses itself in its protagonist’s unreal headspace, where fantasies about animals, murder and his mother portentously commingle. While its precise style is both the source of its unnerving power and the reason for its occasional inertia, the film — which won the best international narrative feature prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival — should attract attention from an adventurous art-house crowd.

Ten years after his baptism, Russian Misha (Viktor Khomut) arrives in Athens and falls directly into the arms of his mother, Sofia (Valery Tcheplanowa). Coming after two long years apart, as well as the death of his dad, this warm reunion provides Misha with
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A New Form of Parenting is Introduced in Exclusive Clip for Tribeca Premiere ‘Son of Sofia’

After debuting The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas a few years back at the Berlin Film Festival, Elina Psykou is back with their follow-up. Premiering in International Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, Son of Sofia follows a son coping with the strange parenting styles of his new stepfather.

Ahead of the premiere, we’re pleased to debut an exclusive clip from the film, which features a bit of Greek history being incorporated into a moment of teaching. Check out our exclusive clip below, along with the trailer and poster, for the film starring Viktor Khomut, Valery Tcheplanowa, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Artemis Havalits, Christos Stergioglou, and Iro Maltezou.

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.
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‘Son of Sofia’ Trailer: A Dark Coming-of-Age Story Gets a Fairy Tale Twist in Tribeca Premiere — Watch

‘Son of Sofia’ Trailer: A Dark Coming-of-Age Story Gets a Fairy Tale Twist in Tribeca Premiere — Watch
Moving from one country to another is never easy. It’s even worse if you arrive to find that your mother has married a strange old man — at least that’s the case for Misha in the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival premiere, “Son of Sofia.”

IndieWire has an exclusive first look at Elina Psykou’s upcoming film, her second following her acclaimed debut “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevask.”

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Set during the 2004 Athens Olympics, “Son of Sofia” follows the dark, coming-of-age story of Misha, a highly imaginative 11-year old boy who travels from Russia to Athens to join his mother after a long time apart. Unbeknownst to Misha, a new father awaits for him there. In the exclusive trailer below, Psykou paints a dark yet tender story of a boy’s clash
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'Son Of Sofia' wins Les Arcs Work in Progress prize

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Disco Boy wins Arte International Prize.

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 €4,000 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 €985,000 ($1.1m), partners on Son Of Sofia include Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria) and KinoElektron (France).

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

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