Bathers / Λουόμενοι

(Documentary, Greece, 2008, 46’, C, Fr ST)

by Eva Stefani



A documentary on the carelessness and the melancholy of bathing towns. Life there goes by slowly, with rhythms evoking past decades. In this indolent atmosphere, the elderly feel free to do things that are prohibited by their social milieu. Despite their ages, one gets the feeling of being surrounded by camping teenagers.


The highlight of the show is Eva Stefani’s wonderful video shot during the summer at the Aidipsos bathhouse. A comic variation on Balzac’s Comédie humaine, with pensioners as the protagonists who demonstrate great wit and humour. The camera flms their mud baths, the women reading their cups of coffee and the men arguing in their little Agora. Together they create an atmosphere that feels like a holiday camp, not a retirement home…” Cheilas Nikos,, January 2015


Eva Stefani


Film Author :

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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