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Boy eating the bird's food

To agori troi fagito tou pouliou


A film by Ektoras Lygizos

A 22-year-old boy in Athens has no job, no money, no girlfriend and no food to eat, but he's got a canary bird and a beautiful singing voice. Based on the novel "Hunger" by Nobel Prize Knut Hamsun - the film won the main Hellenic Film Award and was the Greek candidate for Oscars in 2014. Greek candidate for the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

Genre(s): Drama

• Theme(s): Exclusion / Hunger / Poverty

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Boy eating the bird's food

  • Ektoras Lygizos


    Ektoras Lygizos was born in Athens in 1976. He has directed for the stage plays by Samuel Beckt, Frederik Ibsen, Anton Checkovand more. His short film <> was selected in Corto Cortissimo, the short film competition of Venice Film Festival in 2004. <> is his first feature film.

    2012: Boy Eating the Bird's Food
    2004: Pure Youth (short)

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2012: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic) | Official Selection - CompetitionSpecial Mention to Yannis Papadopoulos for his role in the film
  • 2012: Haifa International Film Festival (Israel) | Competition
  • 2012: Reykjavik International Film Festival (Iceland)
  • 2012: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada) | Sélection internationalePrix de l’AQCC (Association Québécoise des Critiques de Cinéma)
  • 2012: BFI London Film Festival (UK)
  • 2012: Leeds International Film Festival (UK) | Official Selection
  • 2012: Seville European Film Festival (Spain) Best Actor award and Silver Giraldillo award
  • 2012: International Film Festival of India - Goa (India)
  • 2012: Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) | Main Program CompetitionBest Actor Award & FIPRESCI International Critics award
  • 2012: Cinergia Film Festival (Poland)
  • 2012: Tallin Balck Nights Film Festival (Estonia) | Official Competition EurAsia
  • 2012: Les Arcs European Film Festival (France)
  • 2013: Solothurner Filmtage (Switzerland) | Focus
  • 2013: Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands) | Bright Future
  • 2013: Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden)
  • 2013: Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • 2013: Belfast Film Festival (Ireland)
  • 2013: OFF Plus CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema (Poland)
  • 2013: Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey)
  • 2013: Cyprus Film Days (Cyprus)
  • 2013: Värmlands filmfestival (Sweden)
  • 2013: Crossing Europe Film Festival (Austria) | European CompetitionCrossing Europe award
  • 2013: Nashville Film Festival (USA) | The New Director Films
  • 2013: Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival (Spain) | Talents section
  • 2013: Maryland Film Festival (USA)
  • 2013: Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) | Focus: Greece
  • 2013: Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (USA)
  • 2013: The Norwegian Short Film Festival (Norway)
  • 2013: Brussels Film Festival (Belgium) | Official Competition
  • 2013: Taipei Film Festival (Taiwan)
  • 2013: Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland) | World CinemaBest International First Feature
  • 2013: Kotor Film Festival (Montenegro)
  • 2013: Ibsen and Hamsun Days in Grimstad (Norway)
  • 2013: Oldenburg International Film Festival (Germany) | Independent Section
  • 2013: International Festival of New Film - Split Film Festival (Croatia) | Competition
  • 2013: Queer Lisboa - Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer (Portugal)
  • 2013: BALKAN Film Festival - BOZAR ( Belgium)
  • 2013: New York City Greek Film Festival (USA)
  • 2013: Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • 2013: The Northern Film Festival (Netherlands) | Europa Panorama
  • 2013: Cucalorus Film Festival (USA)
  • 2013: Cinedays Festival of European Film in Skopje (Macedonia) | SILVER STAR award for Best directorCompetition
  • 2014: Portland International Film Festival (USA)
  • 2014: Cinema Mundi Internationl Film Festival (Czech Republic) | World Movies
  • 2014: Moscow International Film Festival (Russia) | Missing Pictures
  • 2014: T-Mobile New Horizons international film festival (Poland) | New Greek Cinema
  • 2014: BEGINNING St.Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Films (Russia) | Fiction Films
  • 2014: Cinemed International Mediterranean Film Festival (France) | LA NOUVELLE VAGUE DU CINÉMA GREC
  • A film that has “festival hit’ written all over it, Ektoras Lygizos’ debut takes the Lanthimos-Tsangari school of symbolic Greek cinema to its Bressonian extreme.
    Dan Fainaru, Screen International
  • Boy Eating the Bird's Food" is a cinematic cri de coeur from a nation in physically and psychologically dire straits.
    Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
  • The spectre of the current Greek economic crisis looms large in this astonishing first feature that sees realism and allegory sit side-by-side… Lygizos is a talent to watch for the future.
    Laurence Boyce, Cineuropa Read more
  • Boy Eating the Bird’s Food is a technically impressive exercise in Bressonian social realism from the young first-time director Ektoras Lygizos.
    Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter


Following his will to survive while retaining his dignity and keeping his canary alive, the whole time fighting his hunger, 22-year-old Yorgos wanders the streets of Athens. The camera will follow him closely, sensing his power, his despair, his pride, and his essence, but without attempting to explain his actions, his motives or his situation. Besides, there's no need to. Through its pared down, ascetic style, the film reveals the deepest facets of the hero's existence, and, along with it, a painfully accurate picture of modern-day Greece, in a heart-rending yet inspiring film, that cannot help but strike a chord in us all.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 80'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 1,85:1
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Country(ies) of production: Greece
  • Original Language(s): Greek
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Format(s) available: Bluray / DCP / DVD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Yannis Papadopoulos, Lila Baklesi, Kleopatra Perraki, Vangelis Kommatas, Kharalambos Goyos
  • Screenplay: Ektoras Lygizos
  • Editor: Gregory Rentis
  • Sound: Dimitris Kanellopoulos
  • Cinematographer: Dimitris Kassimatis
  • Executive Producer: Konstantinos Kontovrakis
  • Producer: Giorgos Karnavas, Ektoras Lygizos, Elina Psykou, Argyris Papadimitropoulos
  • Costume Design: Cleo Boboti
  • Set Design: Cleo Boboti, Stavros Liokalos

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Stefi Productions, Guanaco and Ektoras Lygizos
  • Coproduced by: Oxymoron Films and Fantasia Optikoakoustiki