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Hard Goodbyes: My Father

Original Title

Disloki Apocheretismi: O Babas Mou
Director Penny Panayotopoulou
Genre Drama
Country of origin Greece, Germany
Language spoken Greek
Year of production 2002

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World sales
Domestic release 27 December 2002

Locarno International Film Festival 2002 (Best Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention), Thessaloniki Film Festival 2002 (Best Actor, FIPRESCI Prize, Greek Critics' Prize), Olympia International Children's Film Festival 2002 (Youth Jury Prize), Mons International Festival of Love Films (Coup de Coeur, RTBF Award).

This film is one of the Giffoni Film Festival selection for the participants at "Focus on Europe - Kidflix Special".


In the late '60s Elias, a ten year-old boy who lives in Athens, suddenly loses his father. Each in his own particular way, the members of the family try to deal with the unexpected eventů except for the little boy. He cannot shoulder the burden of this separation. He refuses to accept that his father has really died and continues to behave as though he is waiting for him to return from one of his usual business trips. In order to keep his father alive in his mind, the boy begins to act strangely. He tells lies and continues to play their favourite games, acting out both roles himself. And worst of all, he is absolutely sure that his father will return as he had promised so that they can both watch the Americans landing on the moon for the first time on television. But his father cannot keep his last promise. The moon landing takes place. Man leaves planet earth for the first time, and the little boy finally takes leave of his father. A new era begins for man but also for young Elias.

List of distributors
Release date Country Distributor
18 April 2003 UK National Film Theatre