Archive of films A Song is Not Enough / Ena tragoudi den ftani

2003, 118 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2004

In her thoughts Olga returns to her childhood. She was nine when her actress mother Irena was locked up for subversive activities. Living with the irresponsible Manolis, who doesn’t know what it means to be a father, scarred Olga, as did the feeling that her mother abandoned her. As an adult, however, she must seek a path toward understanding and reconciliation. 


Set in two time planes, the film deals with the difficulty of coming to terms with past wrongs. Olga was nine when, in 1972, the authorities arrested her mother Irena, a theatre actress, for subversive activities and locked her up in Korydallos prison. The desperate Olga didn´t understand at the time what was happening and considered her mother´s disappearance as betrayal. Nor did she get on with her bohemian father, from whom Irena sought a divorce, and her childhood trauma continues to haunt her. Olga finds a way out of the vicious cycle when she discovers the story of the old man who experienced a fate similar to that of Irena and her fellow prisoners. Reconciliation and forgiveness are sometimes harder to bear than embittered hatred, but the story about how difficult it is to express love, also speaks of hope… Director Elissavet Chronopoulou had already made a name for herself as a documentrarist, and her first film Lean on Me won several prizes in 1995 such as the Greek Culture Ministry Award.

About the director

Elissavet Chronopoulou (b. 1981, Athens) graduated from Stavrakos Film School and began her career in film in 1987 as an editor. In 1995 she began directing as well, shooting the shorts Lean on Me and Yesterday Afternoon, the documentary Political Confinement in 20th Century Greece and the TV film Three Wishes.  A Song Is Not Enough is her feature debut.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Elissavet Chronopoulou
Screenplay: Elissavet Chronopoulou
Dir. of Photography: Christos Alexandris
Music: Manolis Aggelakis, Yannis Kokiasmenos
Editor: Elissavet Chronopoulou
Producer: Costas Lambropoulos
Production: Greek Film Centre - CL Productions
Cast: Gogo Brebou, Yannis Kokiasmenos, Alexandra Karoni, Fenia Papadodima, Anna Koutsaftiki, Stratoula Theodoratou, Costas Kappas, Dioni Kourtaki
Contact: Greek Film Centre

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