Once upon a time, Athens used to have rivers. People loved these rivers and worshipped them as small gods. Centuries passed and the rivers were covered. They became roads and avenues. The city’s small gods fell silent. People stopped loving each other and the city sank into sadness...
This is how Costas’ fairy tale begins. Costas is a driver at the metro railway that connects the North with the South, the mountains with the sea. He lives alone, without a relationship or a social circle. He believes that the train he drives every day has been constructed above the imaginary flow of the ancient rivers. Anna works at the ticket counter of a ferry company in the port of Piraeus. She lives alone, also without a relationship or social circle. She takes the train every day to go to work and back. Costas and Anna are slowly dying from lack of love in a city that’s slowly dying from lack of love, Athens, 2012. Costas falls in love with Anna, whom he observes as a passenger on the train every day. He loves her from a distance, but not dare approach her. He tries to record his fairy tale in a tape recorder and give it to her as a gift. He does nothing until the day that a routine medical check-up turns his life upside down. The timid and reclusive Costas is soon transformed into a man who pursues his right to life and love. Anna, after much hesitation and uncertainty, gives in to his persistence and allows him to approach her. These two people will finally say the words “I love you” to each other,
journeying towards the sea in the train that crosses the city and these words will wake up the fairy tale of the rivers small gods of Athens, at the dawn of a bright new day.