After the death of their Albanian mother, two brothers—the younger Dany, a flamboyantly gay teen, and the elder Ody (short for Odysseas), a hunky aspiring singer—set out on a road trip from Crete to Thessaloniki to find their long-lost, reputedly rich Greek father. The plan is to sort out their citizenship and then get Ody an audition for a TV singing contest (think “Greek Idol”) and a shot at stardom. The two brothers experience their share of hassles along the way, but also benefit from xenia—the warm hospitality and kindness of strangers. Dreamy fantasy sequences and classic euro disco enliven a quirky, campy romp that tackles recession, homophobia, immigration, and fraternal bonding. In Greek, Albanian, and Italian with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Hotel Modera.


XENIA screens Monday, February 9 at 8:30pm at the Moreland Theater and Thursday, February 19 at 3:30pm at Regal Fox Tower 10 as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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