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Original title: Εκσκαφείς
Participated in: MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2023

Klió, an actor stuck in a digital marketing career in London, is on summer holiday in her home country of Cyprus, the Mediterranean island that has been divided into a Greek Cypriot-controlled south and Turkish Cypriot-controlled north since the Turkish invasion of 1974. When the remains of her grandmother Melpo—who has been missing since the war—are unexpectedly exhumed during her stay, Klió starts to suspect that the official family narrative of her grandmother’s disappearance is flawed. Despite her mother’s warnings to forget about the past, Klió stays in Cyprus and reunites with her ex Fanos, a local journalist, to figure out how Melpo died. The pair discover that Melpo had acted in several films before the war, and through the found footage Klió pieces together a new version of her grandmother’s fate, one that points to her beloved grandfather as the likely perpetrator of the crime.

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