Archive of films Washingtonia / Washingtonia

2014, 24 min

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Year: 2015

The mysterious term Washingtonia masks multiple meanings: it’s the name of the only palm tree not devoured by the red beetle, an alternate name for Athens, and the oppressive sadness brought on by the summer heat. But it is also an unusual film that, in the rhythm of a giraffe’s beating heart, combines beauty, sorrow, nostalgia, a longing for love, and an undetermined feeling of pain.


“Washingtonia starts when the giraffe’s heart can no longer be heard. Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree whose heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because its heart is small and dry, and no one likes small and dry hearts.” The film is just as poetic as this synopsis: beauty, sorrow, nostalgia, the desire for love, and a vague feeling of pain. In the rhythm of a giraffe’s beating heart, the characters’ lives are intertwined with one another and with the suffering of dying palm trees.

Anna Kořínek

About the director

Konstantina Kotzamani

Konstantina Kotzamani (b. 1983, Komotini, Greece) studied pharmacy and cinema at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and participated in the Talent Campus in Berlin and Sarajevo. Her short films Pigs (2011), Zodiac (2012), Arundel (2012) and Washingtonia have been shown at numerous international film festivals. Czech audiences had the chance to see Morning Prayers (2013) at the 10th annual Prague Short Film Festival.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Director: Konstantina Kotzamani
Screenplay: Konstantina Kotzamani
Dir. of Photography: Giorgos Karvelas, Giannis Kanakis
Music: drog_a_tek, panoou
Editor: Leonidas Papafotiou
Art Director: Nefeli Livieratou
Producer: Artemis Pattakou
Production: Squared Square
Cast: Mamadou Diallo, Eytuchia Stefanidou, Katerina Iliadi, Nikos Christofidis
Contact: Squared Square


Konstantina Kotzamani

Artemis Pattakou


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