A mudslide caused by heavy rain and forest clearance almost sweeps away the cabin at the foot of the wooded slope. But this is not the only upheaval in Nikitas’s life. Shortly after the landslide, a man on an off-road motorbike comes racing through the forest and stops in front of Nikitas’s cottage. For the first time in twenty years, Nikitas’s son Johnny stands before him, demanding the inheritance that was left to him in his mother’s will, namely, fifty percent of the land on which the reclusive Nikitas is now living. At first, Nikitas ignores his son. But there is also a company that is after the land; called simply “the monster” by the villagers, the firm wants to build a road here. To prevent the muddy ground from being pulled from under their feet, father and son have to dig deep into it. Together.
Director Georgis Grigorakis sets his rain-drenched woodland Western against a majestic backdrop and finds robust yet tender images to tell this tale of rapprochement between two men. A story of resistance more powerful than the strongest excavator.
by Georgis Grigorakis
with Vangelis Mourikis, Argyris Pandazaras, Sofia Kokkali, Theo Alexander, Michalis Iatropoulos, Vasilis Bisbikis, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Thitis, Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, Marianthi Pantelopoulou
Greece / France 2020 Greek 101’ Colour World premiere


  • Vangelis Mourikis (Nikitas)
  • Argyris Pandazaras (Johnny)
  • Sofia Kokkali (Mary)
  • Theo Alexander (Petros)
  • Michalis Iatropoulos (Bob)
  • Vasilis Bisbikis (Kostas)
  • Pavlos Iordanopoulos (Billy)
  • Thitis (Haris)
  • Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos (Themakos)
  • Marianthi Pantelopoulou (Thodora)


Written and Directed byGeorgis Grigorakis
StoryGeorgis Grigorakis, Maria Votti, Vangelis Mourikis
CinematographyGiorgos Karvelas
EditingThodoris Armaos
MusicMichalis Moschoutis
Sound DesignLeandros Ntounis
Sound MixingSimon Apostolou
SoundFrançois Abdelnour
Production DesignDafni Kalogianni
CostumesVassilia Rozana
Make-UpIoanna Lygizou
Assistant DirectorArsenis Polymenopoulos
CastingAnna Nikolaou
Line ProducerFenia Cossovitsa
Production ManagerMatthaios Voulgaris
ProducersAthina Rachel Tsangari, Maria Hatzakou, Chrysanthi Karfi Koi
Executive ProducersChristos V. Konstantakopoulos, Michael Weber
Co-ProducersGabrielle Dumon, Nikos Katsaounis, Ernst Fassbender, Fenia Cossovitsa, Anna Nikolaou
Co-ProductionLe Bureau, Paris
Faliro House, Athen
N-Coded Pictures, New York
FassB Filmproduktion, Frankfurt am Main
Blonde, Athen

Produced by

Haos Film

Georgis Grigorakis

Born and raised in Greece, he studied social psychology in the UK before completing a master’s degree in directing fiction at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield near London in 2012. Since 2007, he has been writing and directing short films which have screened at over 100 international festivals in total and have won more than 20 awards. His debut feature film, Digger, was supported in its development phase by the Nipkow Programme, the Cinéfondation Cannes and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.


2007 And Me For Myself; short film 2010 Reverse; short film 2012 Revolving; short film 2014 45 Degrees; short film 2020 Digger; Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020