"Pelekanos" is a short film that I directed that is currently in the final stages of post-production. The concept for the film, set in the Pelekanos region of Crete, is based on the idea of showcasing the tranquility of the Greek countryside and the everyday actions of introspective individuals. The film is a combination of documentary and fiction, utilizing both scripted scenes and documentary footage. It draws inspiration from the philosophy of Francois Julien, as described in the book "Existential Living." The film conveys the idea of a deeper connection to nature and a more peaceful lifestyle. It is not only an exploration of my Greek heritage but also a philosophical and artistic examination of the life rhythms of modern societies. Pelekanos offers a different perspective on life, challenging the audience to reflect on their own perceptions and viewpoints. It revolves around discovering the simple and beautiful in the mundane and emphasizes the significance of tranquility and simplicity in a world full of chaos and sensory overload. The protagonists serve as a counterpoint to the typical portrayals of success and happiness in the media. They are not heroes or anti-heroes but rather ordinary people content with their small, quiet lives, living in harmony with themselves. This kind of contentment and inner peace is often overlooked or dismissed, but I believe it is invaluable. I aim to demonstrate that it is possible to lead a fulfilled life without constantly pursuing more material possessions or greater achievements. It is about finding beauty in the moment and taking joy in the present. The curious exploration of the environment, the enjoyment of a single moment – that is what Pelekanos is all about.
Lucas Manousakis, Eftichis Koukoutsakis
Director of Photography & Co-Writer
Director & Writer
Titles & Credits
Micha Elias Pichlkastner