Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A sixteen-year-old skater and his friends are amusing themselves in the big city. A middle-aged man struggles to take care of his family, through work that he hates, and mounting stress. Their lives intersect in this contemporary portrait of the city of Athens. A society in crisis.
“Some films are made with a sense of urgency. With such films, it is now or never. Wasted Youth is most certainly one of these films. We started without a script or a finance plan. We filmed in a documentary style, outside on the streets, with a small crew. The Vasilis character is very close to everyday reality in Athens: exhausted, confused, unable to make any progress, brimming with desperation and aggression. <...> This is a film [also] about the essence of adolescence, its liveliness and exuberance remaining at its very heart,“ tell directors Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel.
Rotterdam International Film Festival – Opening film of the 40th edition, nominated for the Tiger Award; official choice of International Film Festival of Guadalajara, Mexico.