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Gabriela: The German with the Bicycle

ΓΚΑΜΠΡΙΕΛΑ: Η ΓΕΡΜΑΝΙΔΑ ΜΕ ΤΟ ΠΟΔΗΛΑΤΟ

1 hour 35 minutes – 2021 – Documentary

The story of a woman born in postwar Germany and her overwhelming need to live, love, and matter. Several years after her death, her son embarks on an in-depth inquiry into her diary, her letters, the people, and the places she once knew.

A trip between Stuttgart, Germany and Alexandria, Greece, with an underlying question: “What kind of life is this?” Meanwhile, during this trip, her son tries to make peace with his always fleeing mother, “The German with the bicycle.”

Cast

Effi Rabsilber

Alexandron Koh

Evambia Zavou

Marita Tzatzadaki

CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Dominikos Ignatiadis
SCREENPLAY: Dominikos Ignatiadis
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Nikos Thomas, Vassilis Kalemos
EDITING: Chronis Theocharis
MUSIC: The boy (Alexandros Voulgaris)
SOUND: Stavros Symeonidis, Vasilis Kalemos, Marita Tzatzadaki
NARRATION: Effi Rabsilber

Reviews

Dominikos Ignatiadis was just 16 years old when his mother, Gabriela, left his family, a fact that has haunted him for much of his adult life. After her death, he embarked on an intimate journey into the past, using her diary, her letters, and the recollections of her family and friends to try to unravel the mystery of her life. “Gabriela – The German With the Bicycle” is Ignatiadis’ deeply personal account of trying to make peace with his mother. The story of a woman born in postwar Germany who had an overwhelming need to live, love, and matter, the film had its world premiere in the Newcomers International Competition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Ignatiadis’ journey took him from Stuttgart, Germany to Alexandria, Greece, as he tried to answer the underlying question: “What kind of life is this?”

Christopher Vourlias – VARIETY

MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Documentary
BALKAN/NORDIC FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection
ZINOBI FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection
THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Film Critics Award

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