One step ahead (Ena vima mprosta) is the portrait of the unconventional Greek wine producer Yannis Boutaris and his bid to become the mayor of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, in 2010. Athiridis' camera follows closely the charismatic entrepreneur throughout his political campain and personal moments, while Greece sinks further into the financial crisis. What I liked the most about this film is its balance, with its second layer where he talks about his background and private life, his alcoholism and the death of his wife, while we watch great previously unseen family footage. In 132 min. (could be 10 min. shorter) Dimitris Athiridis provides us with a deep look into the Greek society and helps us to understand the current situation in Greece. Artemis Anastasiadou has done a good job in the editing room and both Stavros Gasparatos and Terry Papadinas have chosen great music for the soundtrack of the film. The film is co-produced by ZDF/ARTE, ERT and YLE. It is a world premiere at idfa and will be broadcast on ARTE's special theme day on Greece, in June 2013.
You can still watch it on Thursday November 22 and Saturday 24 at idfa.
Thursday 22/11, at 21.45 Munt 13 and
Saturday 24/11, 14.45 Munt 13