Director: Sofia Exarchou
Country: Greece, Austria, Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria

German Premiere
2023 | 116 min. | Greek, English, German
Subtitles: English, German
FSK | Nicht geprüft / No clearance (18+)

Cast_ Dimitra Vlagopoulou, Flomaria Papadaki, Ahilleas Hariskos, Chronis Barbarian, Voodoo Jürgens Screenplay_ Sofia Exarchou Camera_ Monika Lenczewska Producer_ Maria Drandaki, Maria Kontogianni Rights_ Shellac

A deeply moving film. In a Greek all-inclusive hotel, a troupe of animators are torn between personal desires, exploitation and a passion for entertainment.

Under the hot Greek sun – Kalia leads a troupe of animators, they are getting ready for the tourist season. There is a family-like atmosphere among the colleagues, some of whom have worked together for many years. In scenes that stage their shows as exhilarating attractions, we see them wearing glittering costumes as they perform dances and entertain tourists from all over the world. As the summer progresses, the nights grow longer and the work harder. But Kalia’s personal struggle remains hidden from the eyes of the cheering crowds. Torn between suffering from exploitation and her own passion for entertainment, for performing on stage, she becomes increasingly desperate to realize her unfulfilled dreams. But the show must go on. - Free of clichés and facile judgments, ›Animal‹ dares to take a rare look behind the scenes of a world of glossy surfaces. Authentic and poignant.


Director Sofia Exarchou comes from Athens. She studied filmmaking at the Stavrakos Film & TV School and theater at the famous Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. ›Park‹, her first feature film, won awards at numerous international festivals. ›Animal‹ is its successor.



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