And I wish you a happy life
2020,
44’
Super 16mm, 2K transfer
Sound

Directed, Shot, Edited and Graded by Alexandros Pissourios
Sound by Emiddio Vasquez
Sound recordings by Emiddio Vasquez,
Alexandros Pissourios, Demetris Kalasides
Film Development, Telecine by Cinelab London

And I wish you a happy life is a contemplative documentary about the unexpected separation of the filmmaker’s parents at an advanced age, shot on Super 16 mm film during Pissourios’ visits to Cyprus over the course of a year. The film evolves through the grammar of daily labor in the serene landscape of rural Nikitari and structured around the father’s re-reading of his break-up letter, through which his relationship with the past and present is revealed, and unsettling confessions about love and fulfillment are made. Filmed with tenderness, ‘And I wish you a happy life’ gradually takes the form of an informal conversation between filmmaker and subject in an attempt to metabolize multiple layers of rupture.