From the Balcony

A little story from a blue-collar neighborhood. Lina, a middle-aged lady who never leaves the balcony of her house, intervenes in everything that happens within her visual field. People passing by in front of her building, neighbors from the apartments across the street, everyone realize that whatever they do, Lina is watching day and night and intervenes: From throwing a bandage from her balcony when an accident takes place to giving parking advice or notifying the police for a burglary. Some are surprised by her attitude, but most are annoyed by her constant gaze on them. Until Lina loses her son in a car accident and does not go out to her balcony ever since. The neighborhood is not the same anymore.

Director Biography

Aris Kaplanidis studied painting and illustration at the Applied Arts School of Spyros Ornerakis. During his studies, he directed the cult feature "The Almighty Tycoon of the Ninjas" (2007). With his first short movie “Inset“ (2007), he received a scholarship in the film department of the Lykourgos Stavrakos Film & Television School. His graduation short film, "Same Old Blues" (2010), participated in the Digital Department of the Drama Short Film Festival. He is a co-founder of the Greek Network of Independent Cinematographers "Chainfree". Since 2002 he has directed 11 films, including the feature "A Gospel According to Life" and the short "I Dreamed of Aphrodites (2013)". The screenplay entitled "The Devil of Spella" co-written with Thanasis Vassiliou was completed through the Mediterranean Film Institute and was approved this year by the Greek Cinema Center for the 1st Stage of Developing. Aris Kaplanidis is a also music producer, lyricist and director of the music videos of the satirical music group "Tri.P.A.", a member of ImizBiz Entertainment music label of Imiskoumbria. He is a key member of the sketch comedy ensemble "Mourga", which collaborates with ComedyLab. For television he has directed several music videos and has worked as an editor for shows of Greek TV channels ANT1, MEGA, SKAI, ATTICA. He is currently working as a dialogue writer for the television series "Classmates". Finally script, direction and animator in the short film animation FROM THE BALCONI (2020).

Alternative title

Από το Μπαλκόνι


Aris Kaplanidis


Dutch premiere




Modern Greek (1453-)








Friday, 10 June 12:15 - 13:40 / Kijkhuis 1
85 min.
Saturday, 11 June 15:30 - 16:55 / Kijkhuis 1
85 min.

Also in this session

1. Intercom 15
Andrei Epure, 21
2. From the Balcony
Aris Kaplanidis, 12
3. The Wedding
Haigang DU, 21
4. Semiotic Plastic
Radu Jude, 22