New York-based Elephant Eye Films has acquired worldwide rights to Greek drama Wasted Youth.
Argyris Papadimitropulos and Jan Vogel co-wrote and co-directed the film, is about skateboarding teenagers and a frustrated middle-aged man whose lives intersect in contemporary Athens. It was the opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam this year and has also screened in Guadalajara.
US and international rights are available and will be handled by Elephant Eye’s new head of distribution and sales Demetri Makoulis, who brought the film into Elephant Eye. Producers are Argyris Papadimitropoulos and George Karnavas, and executive producer is Konstantinos Kontovrakis.
“Wasted Youth captures everything that is important to us in a film, including a new perspective melded with thoughtful and beautiful storytelling and imagery. The current Greek film movement continues to inspire us and we feel very fortunate to be working with such a talented and forward thinking group of filmmakers,” says Kim Jose, a co-president of Elephant Eye Films.
Nutopia already opened the film in Greece on March 17.
Producer Karnavas added: “Wasted Youth was made because some of us were crazy enough to believe that it was possible to create a film with so littlemeans and so much passion. We are absolutely thrilled with the film’s reception by audiences and are excited that it will now find expert guidance in the hands of the Elephant Eye Films team, who have the knowledge and experience to maximize its exposure in the international market.”
Elephant Eye’s slate for the Cannes market also includes Sebastian Silva and Pedro Peirano’s Old Cats (produced in house).