Brutalia, Days of Labour

Perfectly identical girls, dressed in military uniforms, work day and night. A matriarchal family. An oligarchic society. What would happen if we replace bees with humans? Anna, a worker bee, still in the training stage, observes the universe of the hive in which she lives. She strives to understand the rules of a ruthless and competitive society, to integrate into the whole and to serve the "common good". But, not being able to consent to the violence that surrounds her, she will be sentenced to total solitude which will lead her to a radical decision.

Director Biography

Manolis Mavris was born in Athens in 1987. He studied Graphic Design and Animation in Athens and MA Visual Communication at Central Saint Martins in London. His short movies have premiered in major festivals such as BFI London Film Festival, PÖFF (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival), Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival and have received numerous international awards. In 2017, his second short film Maneki Neko, has won 17 international awards.

Alternative title

Brutalia, εργάσιμες μέρες


Manolis Mavris


Dutch premiere


Greece, Belgium


Modern Greek (1453-)







Break Free

Friday, 10 June 22:15 - 23:55 / Kijkhuis 1
100 min.

Also in this session

1. Fantasma Neon
Leonardo Martinelli, 20 min.
2. Brutalia, Days of Labour
Manolis Mavris, 26
3. My Uncle Tudor
Olga Lucovnicova, 20 min.
4. Warsha
Dania Bdeir, 16

International Competition 1

Friday, 10 June 20:15 - 21:50 / Kijkhuis 1
95 min.

Also in this session

1. Rehearsal
Michael Omonua, 14
2. Compositions For Understanding Relationships
David De La Fuente, 6
3. Displaced
Samir Karahoda, 15 min.
4. Semiotic Plastic
Radu Jude, 22
5. Brutalia, Days of Labour
Manolis Mavris, 26
6. Warsha
Dania Bdeir, 16