Haris is an apathetic 16 year old skateboarder in Athens, Greece. We follow him during a sunny day as he skates, flirts with girls, and parties with friends while peppering his speech with throwaway slang words like malaka. While looking at photographs with a friend, he comes across a graffiti sign saying: Wasted Youth. The boys hit on the idea of making stickers that say: Malaka Wasted Youth and proceed to scatter them across the city. A second, parallel thread follows Vasilis, an aging policeman who struggles to cope with life. His relationships with his wife and daughter are disjointed and he balks at a business venture with a friend at the last moment. The film eventually brings Vasilis and Haris face to face.
The unhurried plot of Wasted Youth plays out against Haris’ energetic skateboarding. Although Papadimitropoulos and Vogel have avoided turning the film into an explicit statement, Greece’s economic crisis inescapably suffuses every frame with fear, frustration and generational conflict. The film is a subtle, yet unmistakable critique of capitalist crisis and class struggle. Here, Athens is the laboratory of a floundering capitalism that offers no hope of a better future.
Born in 1976, Papadimitropoulos is a film and television director. He studied film and media at Oxford University and in Athens, Greece. He began his career as assistant director, before making his directorial debut with the short film Pendulum. His second film, Tender, earned him numerous awards and distinctions, including an invitation to the exclusive Berlinale Talent Campus in 2004. His first feature-length film, Bank Bang, attracted close to half a million viewers and met with critical acclaim.
2003 Pendulum (short)
2008 Bank Bang
2011 Wasted Youth
Born in Ecuador in 1973, he grew up in Hamburg, Germany. A director and camera operator, he has been working extensively in advertisemnts, short films, and documentaries since 1999. In 2003, he co-founded Dickes Film Production in Berlin. Wasted Youth is his first feature film.
2011 Wasted Youth