I have passed over the olive line

the bright green of the north-west gives way to the silver greens of the south-east

life's all about water after all

where there's abundant water the green is vibrant and vivid

where there's not the green darkens and silvers

they told me that this was the least green city in Europe

so I looked for the green wherever I could 

and I found more than they would have led me to expect

they could not see the green at their feet

A film by Catriona Gallagher, 2019 

Duration 37 minutes

Editing: Catriona Gallagher and Nikoleta Leousi

Musical composition and sound design: Alyssa Moxley


Maroula Antoniadou - The Kyria

Catriona Gallagher - The Narrator

John Bicknell - The Collector

A wandering narrative following the growth of the prolific yet overlooked weed ‘perdikaki’ in the urban landscape of Athens, Greece. As three characters search for meaning in the unassuming plant, their methods and objectives entangle. The Narrator’s search for the elderly woman first seen picking the plant, the Kyria, leads us through the empty and abandoned places of the city. As observations and findings accumulate, a shadow researcher, The Collector, emerges and the focus blurs: who’s knowledge is being pursued and other than the symbolic plant do the other figures exist at all?

World Premiere - 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 2020

Russian Premiere - New Holland Island Film Festival, August 2020

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