European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

Days and Nights of Demetra K. / Μέρες και νύχτες της Δήμητρας Κ.

by Eva Stefani

(Documentary, Greece, 2021, 72', C, En ST)

Days and Nights of Demetra K.

Dimitra is a sex worker who likes her job. She owns one of the oldest bordellos in Athens. The film follows Dimitra for twelve years. It is also a chronicle of life in Athens, as affected by the recent financial crisis. On contact with the protagonist, we are confronted with our stereotypes about sex and personal choice. This is a film about time and love.


“I wanted to make a movie about night life in Athens. I had only a vague idea of what I wanted to do. A friend (…) suggested: “You should meet Dimitra”. And when I met her, I fell under her charm. And so I abandoned the larger theme of night life in Athens. I just wanted to meet with Dimitra and get to know her better.” Eva Stefani, variety.com

“While retaining the lady herself front-and-center throughout, Days and Nights of Demetra K. carefully avoids being fixated or dominated upon one particular individual, and instead provides snapshots of her changing environment, contexts and times in unobtrusive but telling fashion. The film is also a casually sketched evocation of Athens, from the grubby, graffiti-strewn streets to the Acropolis; the ancient, crumbling, patched-up city presented via the same warts-and-all but essentially sympathetic light afforded to the picture’s extravagant, unapologetic protagonist.” screendaily.com

Eva Stefani
Eva Stefani

Eva Stefani is a Greek video artist and director. She studied Political Science in Athens, and then documentary filmmaking at the Ateliers Varan (Paris), at the Tisch School of the Arts (MA, New York University), and at the Film and Television School (London). She also obtained a doctorate in Ethnographic Cinema at Panteion University in Athens. She filmed a considerable number of short and experimental documentaries,  some of which won awards at Cinéma du Réel, the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and SEE Docs in Dubrovnik. She teaches theory and the history of cinema at the University of Athens and is a guest professor at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Days and Nights of Demetra K. is her first feature-length film.

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