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© Copa-Loca (Christos Massalas, 2017)


This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone – in every possible way.

In an abandoned Greek summer resort, we follow the mundane life of Paulina, the girl at the heart of the film. Between memorizing the list of cocktails that were available at the resort, challenging the locals with impossible dilemmas, and engaging in sexual intercourse with literally almost everyone, she tries to maintain the warm spirit of a never-ending summer in any way possible.

In his film, Christos Massalas depicts this floating moment in time through a photogenic and pictorial approach. The cinematography, dynamic sound design, the omniscient narrator and the pastel colour palette create a dreamlike ambiance of a lost state. Copa-Loca is blissfully melancholic and digests a bittersweet feeling of belonging in a forsaken place. As the narrator says in the end: “I had to come back into her life, as if the salvation Paulina needed is finally there, but she is not ready to cave in... yet.

Tekst en keuze doorChoice and text by
Émilie Poirier

Émilie Poirier has been working in programming at the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) since 2017. She is now the Head of Short Film and a feature film programmer. Poirier is also a member of the preselection committee at Busan International Short Film Festival, as well as an independent curator, moderator and writer. She holds a B.A in Political Science (International Relations) and a certificate in Art History.

© Waithood (Louisiana Mees, 2019)

In Athens, five youngsters avoid waiting for an empty future by seeking entertainment in the luxurious Airbnb establishments that one of them is cleaning for a meagre fee.