The Surface of Things

by Nancy Biniadaki


There is an urban myth in Athens about Errinyos, the ancient underground river, that no one ever saw except four teenage girls in the 1980s at the “neighbourhood of hell”. Today an anthropologist who researches on the myth, locates three of these girls, now in their forties, and their former teacher, and has to face four testimonies on the mysterious appearance of the river. Through extracts of letters, recordings and interviews, they narrate the tragic story which happened thirty years ago and marked their own lives as well as the city’s collective memory.


2017 – Germany, Greece – 85 minutes – Greek, German – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Η Επιφάνεια των Πραγμάτων

Directed by: Nancy Biniadaki
Written by: Nancy Biniadaki (Based on the novel “Four testimonies on the exhumation of the river Errinyos” by Angela Dimitrakaki)
Cinematography: Dionissis Efthymiopoulos
Edited by: Panos Voutsaras
Cast: Themis Bazaka, Maria Kallimani, Maria Skoula, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Rania Ekonomidou, Michael Sideris, Toni Jessen

Producer: Christopher Zitterbart
Co-producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas

Produced by: Watchmen Productions
Co-produced by: Heretic
Supported by: Greek Film Centre, ERT

Screenplay developed through MFI Script 2 Film Workshops. Thessaloniki Film Festival – Agora “Works in Progress”.

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