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Original title: Εκσκαφείς
Participated in: MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2023

Klió is on summer holiday back home in Cyprus, when the remains of her grandmother Melpo—who has been missing since the Turkish invasion that divided the island in 1974—are unexpectedly exhumed. Klió starts to suspect that there may be more to the story of her grandmother’s disappearance than the family admits. Despite her mother Myrna’s warnings to forget about the past and move on with her life, Klió stays in Cyprus and insists on uncovering the truth. A few seconds of newly discovered footage of Melpo as an extra in an old film lead Klió to her family’s ancestral home, in a ghost town cordoned off by the Turkish military for almost fifty years. Among the abandoned ruins, Klió pieces together a new version of her family’s history, forcing her to reckon with her mother’s silence and the ghosts of her own past.

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