The Bet


Director: Maria Leonida Writer: Maria Leonida

Director of Photography: Christoforos Georgoutsos
Editing: Aliki Panayi
Music: Christos Parapagkidis
Maria Leonida
Country of Production: Greece
Duration: 90 min
Production Year: 2022
Language: Greek


2021. Covid19, lockdown. Suddenly life sinks into a terrifying and unprecedented stillness and inertia. A small high school in the Greek countryside is trying to stay alive, clinging to the lifeline of digital education. The camera captures, with humor and realism, how relationships were created on and off screen.

Some dedicated teachers keep the school "open" in their own way and deal with all emotions, difficulties and dead ends. A struggle against isolation, loneliness, boredom, resignation. Will they win the bet?


Maria Leonida

Maria Leonida is a documentary filmmaker and a Graduate of the Department of History and Archaeology of the School of Philosophy with a Master's degree in Contemporary Art History from the University of Essex. He studied with a scholarship from the Greek Film Centre at the European Film School in Denmark. He has directed documentaries in collaboration with ERT, the Greek Film Centre, German Television ZDF/3SAT, E.B.U, applications with interactive content and videos for theatrical performances.

Since 2002 she has collaborated with the London Pedagogical Institute and the "Melina-Education and Culture Programme" focusing on video teaching and the use of audiovisual media by children, young people and adults. He has designed and implemented audiovisual workshops for the University of Athens, the University of AthensFrankfurt, the British Council, WWF, Primary and Secondary Directorates of Education, and international programmes on documentary, film language and screenwriting.