5pm Seaside

Nikos sits and waits in his pick-up truck at the edge of a remote beach on his 40th birthday. Like every year, his mother calls and tells him about his birth. The weather is rough. In the distance Nikos finally sees Christos approaching, his old friend from military days. This is the very first time they see each other again after many years. Today Christos will fulfill Nikos' dangerous wish. The powerfully structured imagery of 5pm Seaside derives further strength from its minimalism, vibrating with intensity and beauty. Two people leave the safe space of their self-chosen isolation to encounter one another, consciously approaching a collision with life and death. Between violence and absolute tenderness, a moment of transformative liberation is realized that redefines everything. Simply to exist. This is otherwise almost impossible to realize. 
(Diagonale catalogue 2022, Alexandra Zawia) 

Translation: Eve Heller

Orig. Title
5pm Seaside
Year
2022
Countries
Greece, Austria
Duration
26 min
Category
Short fiction
Orig. Language
greek
Subtitles
english
Credits
Director
Valentin Stejskal
Script
Valentin Stejskal, Glykeria Patramani
Cinematography
Samir Ljuma
Editing
Martin Ivanov
Sound
Stelios Koupetoris
Sound Design
Fabio Schurischuster
Actor/Actress
Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, Kimonas Kouris
Art Direction
Dimitra Sourlantzi
Production
Alisa Frischholz
Co-Producer
Ioanna Petinaraki, Valentin Stejskal, Samir Ljuma
Creative Supervisor
Ferdinand Waas
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
2022
Palm Springs - Int. Short Film Festival
St. Ingbert (DE) - Bundesfestival junger Film (Best Director)
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films (Best Short Fiction)
Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage