Prosefhi: Greek School Prayer

Neofotistos Thanasis

Greece, 2014



Use the poster (image 1) to answer the following questions:

  • What are the main and secondary topics of the film?
  • Where is the plot take place?
  • The film is inspired by the director’s personal experiences. What does the “personal experience” entail?



The Distance


The Prayer



Linking Film with:

Composition: History: Grade A/Senior High School (Adolescence)

Composition: Grade A/Senior High School (School Violence)



– Press pause at 00:00:25. In your opinion, who is the main character? What are the elements of the film’s language that indicate his role (framing, costumes etc.)?

– In literature and film, the study of manners of the characters focuses on their actions and their relations with other characters. Observe the relation of Vasilis with his co-players. How would you describe Vasilis? How would you describe his relationship with the other school kids?

– What do you think that Vasilis told his friend during the screening?

  • How did this scene make you feel?
  • What is it that annoyed you the most during this scene?
  • In the end of the film, Dimitris shows up. He could have been one of Vasilis’ targets. How does this make him feel? But in the end, is this the case? Do you believe that he found himself in the shoes of the victim or the victimizer?


– What is the relation between students and teachers?

– What kind of evidence regarding Dimitris’s mood do we get by his facial expressions and his body language? He’s turning his head from right to left, what is he looking for?

 – In adolescence, the emotions and mental processes are “amplified”. How would you interpret Dimitris’ psychology? Do you believe that his reaction results originates from the fact that he is already a victim of violence?  

– What do you think that scares him the most? Violence or the menace it generates?

Script (check Glossary):


– What would happen to the script’s structure if Dimitris was the victim in this scene? Why doesn’t he intervene?

– What is the role of the “audience”? Can you imagine how could the observers react differently? How would this affect the the plot?

– What kind of violence does Vasilis use? In which ways is the emotional confusion (so typical among teenagers) represented? To what extend have the props (i.e. the objects that are held by the characters), the costumes, the details, and the location affected your way of thinking?

  • Examine real examples of school violence, focusing on its impact on the victims and society as a whole. Who are seemingly the victims?


– How is this scene connected to the title?

-Following the backbone of the film, we reach the climax and witness a scene that stands out for its excessiveness. Why did the director select to emphasize this particular moment in a school’s routine?



Linking Film with:

Composition: Presentation-Critique

The Time of Judgement

First Step: Read the following reviews and complete the table according to their topic.

Second Step: Split into two groups according to the data you collected in table 1 (positive or negative). Each time undertakes the presentation of a series of arguments pro or against this specific film production.

Third Step: Write your own review.


Don’t be strict! Don’t forget that every month the best review will be posted on the fb page Euforia – European Films for Innovative Audience Development.




Thanasis Neofotistos may leave the fairy-tale touch aside, but he doesn’t give up on the dream part of his story. He combines realism with dream to talk about complicated emotions and situations that are often associated with adolescence, while he guides his protagonist duo (Christos Karavevas, Stelios Karabinas) ideally, urging them to great performances. Especially the boy who plays Dimitris, with his haunting face and gaze, could have a great future in the field. Prosefhi is a film that sticks to your mind. Due to its witty ending, it prompts us to think of it for hours.

It is not the originality of the topic, the conception of the idea or some special technique that makes the film attractive. It is the sensitivity in the director’s approach and what he told me in person when we had a conversation: Every viewer recognized something from their own school years. This hardship of being insecure of your own image, the anguish of acceptance, the struggle to remain invisible and avoid differentiation and exposure, the gigantic dimensions things can take.

(Nestoras Poulakos, source:

The Jury’s decision was unanimous and the film Prosefhi received the… Palm d’ Or and left the best impressions while getting the most positive feedback from the audience. The films is not so much about school violence – also known as bullying. It is perhaps more of a film about sexual orientation and awakening. After all, it seems to be a film about adolescence. Yes, it is a film about adolescence, because it includes all the above and all the other things that constitute the meaning of this word.

(Eleni Tsoka, source:

Prosefhi crystallizes in a masterful way the doubts, questions, fears, and insecurities that dominate in the teenage society of schoolkids. As they search for their own identity through violence, they will play with each other’s limits. The two main roles are impersonated by Christos Karavevas and Stelios Karabinas.

(Maria Xypolopoulou, source:







Linking Film with:

Composition: Grade A/Senior High School – Adolescence/Idols

“Tree of Thoughts”:

In order to understand and react to any expression of teenage angst, we need to regard it as a tree with many branches.

First Step:

Split into 3 groups:

Α. Positive Β. Negative Γ. Role Models

Second Step:

Use a one-meter-long cardboard to design a tree. According to the team you belong to, note in each root the characteristics of youth spirit and, and in each branch the reactions that are relate to them and their possible implications. Eg. Root: “Young people are judgemental.” Branch: “Yannis cannot read properly, he keeps messing up his words. He is useless.”

Third Step

Each team presents its trees and symbolisms to the other two teams.



Based on the extracts you have watched and the “trees” you have drawn, through which you attempted to make the profile of teenage psyche, this is the time to create your own film narrative which will unravel around a violent incident.

Try to adapt the director’s motives and objectives in the contemporary context and structures. How do you imagine Prosefhi in 2017?

First Step: Split into 3 teams and select the scene with which you will deal:

Participate – Empathize – Change. During the preparation, complete the following diagram and think of which setting you would use, which costume/makeup, music you would prefer, what kind of problems the heroes would face.

Note: the choice of verbs and titles are not random: Each and every one of them defines a particular attitude towards violence.

Second Step: Create your own story board (see Manuals: Script).

Third Step: Turn your camera on – lights, camera, action!


  1. Turn your camera on – lights, camera, action!

First Step:

First Scene


  1. Music
  2. Script

Who / Where / When / What / How

PRETEXT: What comes before the situation we investigate

PROBLEM: Where are we going to focus in the narrative

  1. Space

Where does the action take place?

  1. Shots

Second Scene


  1. Music
  2. Script

Who / Where / When / What / How

PRETEXT: What comes before the situation we investigate

PROBLEM: Where are we going to focus in the narrative

  1. Space

Where does the action take place?

  1. Shots

Third Scene


  1. Music
  2. Script

Who / Where / When / What / How

PRETEXT: What comes before the situation we investigate

PROBLEM: Where are we going to focus in the narrative

  1. Space

Where does the action take place?

  1. Shots

Second Step

Making a storyboard

If you are in the mood for drawing, grab your pen and pencil and draw the framing of each scene (see Manuals: script). Otherwise, you can visit the webpage and create your script  digitally.








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