Dany is 15½, gay, with a peroxide blonde quiff, a white rabbit and a penchant for lollies. When his mother, an Albanian singer, dies of alcoholism, he persuades his elder brother Odysseas to travel with him to Thessaloniki. Here, they want to take part in a casting show and try and trace their Greek father, as they’re worried about being deported to Albania. When they finally arrive, chaos threatens. With dollops of the surreal and the outrageous, this Greek tragedy shows how the economic crisis in Greece is turning peoples’ lives on their heads.
Panos H. Koutras (*1965) studied at the London International Film School and at the Sorbonne in Paris. His debut film, the sci-fi parody The Attack of the Giant Moussaka, achieved cult status in 1999. Xenia is his fourth film and was shown in 2014 at Cannes in the series Un Certain Regard.