The Canary Yellow Bicycle

Dimitris Stavrakas

Greece, 1999


A young teacher is appointed to a primary school. He takes on the larger class and soon he ascertains that one pupil even doesn’t know writing and reading. The older teachers in the school, believes that this boy is too weak, but the teacher perceives that the pupil just has some learning difficulties and he could improve with special education. The teacher offers him private tutoring where he applies special methods and he manages to improve the pupil. However his effort isn’t easy because neither the family of the boy (family with low education) nor his colleagues (old, traditional teachers) in the school support him.


Dimitris Stavrakas

Born in Athens in 1938. He studied at the Stavrakou Film School. From 1958 to 1963 he worked as assistant director in various film productions and from 1961 to 1963 wrote articles on cinema as a film critic for Epiteorisi Technis [Art Review] magazine and Dimokratiki Allaghi [Democratic Change] newspaper . In 1967 he left for Paris, where he worked as camera operator till 1968. From 1969 to 1972 he studied Sociology at the University of Nanterre (Paris X). From 1972 to 1974 he studied Population Statistics at the Demographic Institute (Paris I Sorbonne) and obtained his Maitrise diploma in City Planning at the Geographical Institute (Paris I Sorbonne). On his return to Greece in 1975, he worked on various TV productions and wrote articles as a film critic for Anti magazine. From 1980 to 1982 he directed a number of ΤV programmes.


  • 1966 Gas (short)
  • 1979 Betty (short)
  • 1983 The Misunderstanding
  • 1999 The Canary Yellow Bicycle
  • 2006 Τhe Crossing


Director: Dimitris Stavrakas

Script: Dimitris Stavrakas

Sound: Dinos Kittou

Music: Nikos Kypourgos

Editing: Dinos Katsouridis

Customs Design: Tasos Zografos

Production Management: Dimitris Kalaitzis

Duration: 90’

Cast: Dimitris Alexandris, Yorgos Halaris, Manos Vakousis, Thanos Grammenos, Nikos Georgakis




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