Greece, 2019, 96 min, West Coast Premiere
Greece, October 1993. Greek Socialist party has just won the elections, television is dominated by trashy entertainment shows, and every night you can escape reality, or display your wealth in bouzouki clubs singing pop hits. Fotini, a young talented singer arrives in Athens to work in an old bouzouki club. The lives of the three musicians will change forever.
“Fantasia” brings to the screen the culture of bouzoukia, this unique Greek celebration of the good life. Moreover, it depicts the carefreeness, the abundance, and the euphoria of the Athenian nights of the early 90s as also draws its inspiration from the Greek urban-folk music scene. It’s a homage to Greece’s urban-folk music tradition and a farewell to the old school of folk songwriting.