About the film
Austerity is a short narrative film that takes place in Athens, Greece and its theme revolves around the sociopolitical issue of the financial crisis as well as the way it can affect people on a personal level. The plot is inspired by the public, conscious and motivated suicide of pensioner Dimitris Christoulas in the main square of Athens, on the morning of April 4th, 2012. Austerity is not however based on the pensioner’s actual life.
The story follows a man who tries to adjust and survive within times of severe financial crisis, until he decides to have his own personal uprising. It’s a story about the preservation of personal dignity and mental strength, which are being tested in times of austerity.
Austerity, has won 7 awards thus far, and has been officially selected to screen at a number of international festivals such as the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Raindance Film Festival in London, the Edmonton International Film Festival in Canada, and the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida among others.