Subtly echoing the 2005 episode dubbed "the Greek Watergate," a pair of telecom engineers set out to investigate hacker activity — make a scandalous discovery— in this timely and politically charged debut from director Yannis Sakaridis.

City to City

Wild Duck

Yannis Sakaridis

For his first foray into feature direction, veteran editor Yannis Sakaridis had developed a project with Attenberg star Vangelis Mourikis, but, in the wake of the Greek debt crisis of 2009, funding for the venture fell through. Undeterred, Sakaridis penned a new script, assembled a crew of friends and former collaborators, and took to the streets for a twenty-three-day, guerilla-style shoot. The result is Wild Duck, a story in which, perhaps inevitably, reverberations of Greece's current economic turmoil abound.

Self-employed telecom contractor Dimitris (Alexandros Logothetis) is forced to close his business after becoming deeply indebted to a local loan shark. In urgent need of quick cash, he accepts an offer from his friend Nikos (Giorgos Pyrpasopoulos), a fellow telecom engineer who works for a major service provider. Parties unknown have succeeded in breaching the company's networks — echoing the 2005 scandal that saw the phones of the country's top politicians illegally tapped — and Nikos enlists Dimitris to aid him in revealing the culprits. Their investigation leads them to an apartment in a nondescript block of flats, but rather than a tidy resolution to the case, their discovery provides Dimitris with a far more personal and intractable dilemma.

Despite the heft of his politically charged subject matter, Sakaridis has fashioned a film that is quiet and introspective, as if edited in sync with its protagonist's emotions. Sakaridis's discreet yet penetrating gaze, evidently informed by his non-fiction work, is artfully conveyed by the fluid compositions of cinematographer Jan Vogel (co-director of 2011's Wasted Youth). Theirs is a vision of Greece seemingly in dialogue with the sea breeze, which, for all the country's recent ills, drifts through Wild Duck like a restorative force.

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Screenings

Thu Sep 05

Scotiabank 7

Industry
4:15pm
Fri Sep 06

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
9:15pm
Sat Sep 07

Isabel Bader Theatre

Regular
9:45am
Tue Sep 10

Scotiabank 6

Industry
6:15pm