‘Wasted Youth’ to open Rotterdam

Greek film set against backdrop of city teetering on brink

BERLIN– “Wasted Youth,” a Greek film about the city of Athens and a society in crisis, will open the 40th Rotterdam Film Festival, which runs Jan. 26 to Feb. 6.

Co-directed and co-written by Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, “Wasted Youth” is set during a hot summer day in Athens, where the lives of a carefree 16-year-old skater and a frustrated and stressed middle-aged man intersect against the backdrop of a city teetering on the brink.

The pic also is a contender in the fest’s Tiger Awards competition, said fest topper Rutger Wolfson.

Pic was produced by Papadimitropoulos and George Karnavas, co-produced by Federico Pietra and Dionisis Bougas and exec produced by Konstantinos Kontovrakis.

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