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Christos Massalas – Flowers and Bottoms

Synopsis: An unidentified man sits in a dark room and watches an obscure film titled “Flowers and Bottoms”. The film is a narrative of “still lifes” featuring flowers and human bottoms.

The setup is inspired by the practice of ‘cyber roulette’.
The flowers are there, adorning every scene of our life – from the first instance of romance to the long hours of mourning.

The bottoms are there, vulgar and erogenous, concealed under the notion of obscenity for most of our life. But, in the confines of privacy, they are exposed to the gaze of the other.
Here, a variety of blossoms and bottoms co-exist humorously in a love-letter to those private glances, which we all share. Constantly watching and constantly being watched by the modern-day voyeur, who sits in the dark, bound to his own, personal ‘window’ into the private lives of others.

 Born in Ioannina, Greece in 1986. Studied Film History and Theory at Kingston University, London and Filmmaking at the London Film School, LFS. He has directed short films, music videos and video pieces for stage productions. He has participated in various film festivals and has received prizes, including 1st Prize “Greeks of the World” at the Short Film Festival in Drama, 2011. In 2012, he was selected for the Euro- Connection Forum at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. In addition, he was granted Artist Residencies in Norway and Serbia. He is currently based in Athens, where he has worked on projects for the Athens Concert Hall and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. He is currently developing his first feature-length film.



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