Maria Drandaki, Kyveli Short
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Saddled with his newborn, seventeen-year-old Zackarias struggles with fatherhood and bringing his family back together, while navigating overwhelming Athens, away from his rural home.
Zackarias and Sofia are a teenage couple from the countryside, who move to Athens to hide Sofia's pregnancy from her parents. Zackarias' pickup truck becomes their temporary home, while they wander aimlessly through the streets of Athens with the baby. Their only company is Petros, a queer boy in the early stages of his transgender transition to a girl, who befriends Sofia and takes care of the baby. Sofia, caught between the responsibilities of motherhood and Zackarias' passivity, abandons them, and returns to the village, turning things upside down. Zackarias does everything in his power to bring her back and prove to her that he can take care of them. With Petros' help, he gets a job, sells the pickup truck, and gets an apartment in which the two teenagers will form an atypical family and a peculiar interdependent relationship that they will be forced to redefine with Sofia's return.
BABY is contemporary teen drama that is current and globally relevant, dealing with universal ideas such as family, acceptance, love, and personal needs that have a worldwide appeal. Zackarias and Sofia, a teenage couple from the countryside, wander aimlessly through the streets of Athens with their newborn baby. A pickup truck is their temporary home, and their only companion is Petros, a queer transgender kid in the early stages of transitioning to a girl. Together, the teenagers will give birth to their own atypical family.
HOMEMADE FILMS is an Athens-based film production and distribution company founded in 2009. It has since produced and co-produced several successful short and feature films, with a taste for sharp, cutting-edge, innovative cinema. The films have participated and been awarded in multiple international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Palm Springs, etc.) and distributed in movie theatres, TV channels and platforms around the world. The company’s aim is to continue producing selected films by talented directors, which can be co-developed and co-produced with European and international partners and can find their audience equally inside and outside Greece, based on traditional as well as innovative production and distribution strategies. Homemade Films is a member of the EAVE and ACE producers’ networks
Production budget: 1,032,280 USD Confirmed budget in USD and source: 209,600 USD - Greek Film Centre; 209,600 USD - Greek broadcaster ERT; 262,000 USD - EKOME automatic cash rebate, 47,160 USD - Creative Europe - MEDIA slate funding
Contemporary teen drama