Perdikaki / Περδικἀκι


Duration 37 minutes

A film by Catriona Gallagher

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

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

Russian Premiere - New Holland Island Film Festival, August 2020 (Special Mention - Short Film Competition)

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A peripatetic narrative following the growth of the prolific yet overlooked weed perdikaki (περδικἀκι, pellitory-of-the-wall) through 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: are we in pursuit of the elderly woman’s wisdom, or The Collector’s? and other than the symbolic plant do the other figures exist at all?

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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

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Special Mention in the Short Film Competition of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival, August 2020:

'A poetic journey through the concrete cityscape of Athens in search of a mystery that may not exist, though the journey is no less real for it. Catriona Gallagher has a rare attentiveness to the environment: few directors, even those working in the travelogue essay genre, would be able to build an entire film around the search for an urban weed which everyone has seen but no one knows the name of. Here, poems, as Akhmatova wrote, grow shamelessly in trash.'

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