The Bureaucrat

Death is a laborious process, and the transfer to the afterlife requires completing various forms and documents. This task is performed by representatives of the afterlife, known as the Bureaucrats. One of them is given the assignment of a pregnant woman who is about to get killed in a car crash. When he decides to do something to help her, even though this is strictly forbidden, he might face the consequences of his actions.

  • Dimitrios Karas
    Director
    Blue Moon, Still Life
  • Despina Kalaitzidou
    Writer
  • Dimitrios Karas
    Writer
    Blue Moon, Still Life
  • Vaios Vlachos
    Key Cast
    “The Bureaucrat”
  • Kostas Kyriazidis
    Key Cast
    “The Coworker”
  • Maria Semertzidou
    Key Cast
    “The Woman”
    Still Life
  • Otari Aptsiauri
    Key Cast
    “Drug Dealer”
  • Chris Shagla
    Key Cast
    “Drug Addict”
  • Michael Webber
    Key Cast
    “Nikos”
  • Sofia Fytianou
    Key Cast
    “Nurse”
  • Dimitra Koulaxizi
    Key Cast
    “Girl at Bar #1”
  • Marianna Rantou
    Key Cast
    “Girl at Bar #2”
  • Dimitrios Karas
    Producer
    Blue Moon, Still Life
  • Niki Sfairopoulou
    Director of Photography
    The Spirits
  • Maria Pavlidou
    1st Assistant Director
  • George Xoulogis
    Music
    The Spirits, Still Life
  • Dimitrios Karas
    Editor
    Blue Moon, Still Life
  • Iphigeneia Theodoridis
    Sound Recording
  • Leonidas Alagialoglou
    Sound Recording
  • Elsa Gogoglou
    Set Designer
  • Christina Papastavrou
    Makeup
  • Elsa Gogoglou
    Costume Design
  • Erasmia Noutsou
    Set Photography
  • Maria Pavlidou
    Production Organization
  • Elisavet Papadopoulou
    Production Assistants
  • Maria Kremmyda
    Production Assistants
  • Maria Kontovounisiou
    Production Assistants
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ο Γραφειοκράτης
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    700 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Film Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Filmstrip International Film Festival
    Iasi
    Romania
    February 25, 2019
  • Miami Independent Film Festival - Monthly Edition
    Miami
    United States
    March 29, 2019
  • Local Short Film Festival
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    April 2, 2019
    Audience Award Winner
  • KinoDUEL International Film Festival
    Podolsk
    Russian Federation
    November 22, 2019
    February Edition Official Selection
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    March 18, 2019
    2019 Winter Edition Semi-Finalist, Nominee for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Supernatural
  • Beyond Earth Film Festival
    Colcatta
    India
    March 23, 2019
  • Athens International Digital Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
  • Austria International Film Festival
    Vienna
    Austria
    November 22, 2019
  • Lost World Short Film Festival
    Paleochora, Crete
    Greece
    June 2, 2019
    Best Director - Newcomer
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    Best Original Idea
  • CINERGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Athens
    Greece
    June 24, 2019
  • Southern Shorts Awards
    Roswell, GA
    United States
    May 11, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Sci-Fi Award of Merit
Director Biography - Dimitrios Karas

Dimitrios Karas was born in Serres, Greece. He has written and directed short films and trailers for theatrical plays. He has worked as the 1st Assistant Director for the feature length film "The Spirits" (2016). He also plays the piano and the cello and has contributed to the soundtracks for the theatre and for short films. He has a master's degree in electrical engineering, and a PhD in wireless communications security.

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Director Statement

Throughout history, various personified forms of death have appeared in mythology, literature and cinema. They are usually portrayed as practically omnipotent beings, which have total control over human life. The motivation behind this film was to build a character who, despite having some control over human life, is nonetheless a simple cog in a larger machine, which he has no power to change or influence.

he Bureaucrat that tells the story of a worker, who is expected to be obedient and perform his assigned tasks dutifully - even though he is starting to consider them morally questionable. The film tries to convey his inner conflict and his need to go a step beyond his duties, under the fear of potential punishment.