Leonidas and the Fish [Alexander Machlouzarides-Shalit, Cyprus, 2020]

Leonidas and the Fish is a touching snapshot into the life of a young boy, rising early every morning to reach the nearby beach at sunrise and fish as the dawn spills light over the gently rippling sea. Following Leonidas on his morning routine, the centrality of water to the narrative and its importance for the coastal community are immediately evident. From the opening trickle of the watering can as his mother tends to their garden, to the subtle – yet constant – splash and rumble of the sea, which underscores the first half of the film.