The new short film The Distance Between Us and the Sky takes place during a dark night somewhere just outside of Athens as two strangers (played by Ioko Ioannis Kotidis and Nikos Zeginoglou) cross paths at an isolated gas station.
One of these gentlemen is just looking to refuel his motorcycle and be on his way. The other, however, is stranded and looking for some cash so that he can catch a bus back to the Greek capital.
After approaching the biker and asking for help, the man in need offers a series of unique propositions – which soon escalate fantastically. What began as a simple favor becomes a tense and ambiguously erotic power struggle. We, the audience, are never sure whether to be afraid or turned on.
Elegantly constructed and packed with mystery, The Distance Between Us and the Sky is a deceptively simple 9-minute short featuring just two characters and endless possibilities. The film won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, with writer-director Vasilis Kekatos becoming the first Greek filmmaker to take home that particular prize. We can’t wait to see what he does next.