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And I wish you a happy life (trailer)

Directed by Alexandros Pissourios,
2020,
44 minutes
Super 16mm, 2K transfer

And I wish you a happy life is a contemplative documentary about the unexpected separation of the filmmaker’s parents at an advanced age, shot on Super 16 mm film during Pissourios’ visits to Cyprus over the course of a year. The film is orchestrated through a grammar of daily labor in the serene landscape of rural Nikitari and organized around the father’s re-reading of his break-up letter, through which his relationship with the past and present is revealed, and unsettling confessions about love and fulfillment are made. Filmed with tenderness, And I wish you a happy life gradually takes the form of an informal conversation between filmmaker and subject in an attempt to metabolize multiple layers of rupture.