A Sad and Vulgar Loner

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A Sad and Vulgar Loner

Original title: Un Vulgar y Triste

Directed by: Efthymia Zymvragaki

Produced by: Patricia Sánchez Mora (Gris Medio, Spain) co-producers: Novena Nube - Kaboga - Thurnfilm - Tranvía

Country of production: Spain, Germany

Runtime: 90', 60'

Expected release: November, 2022

Production stage: Post production

Budget: €388,800 (50% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Gap financing, strategic guidance, buyers, sales agent, distributors, festivals


A Sad and Vulgar Loner explores what happens when an abusive man speaks out, positioning himself as a critic of violence. Without excusing his acts, the film creates a space in which the abuser has a voice, bringing a new perspective on violence and abuse with a focus on the breaking of violent cycles and the urgent need for a healing process in society.

Director’s profile:

Efthymia Zymvragaki works as a director, writer and cinematographer. Drawn to social and gender issues, she is attracted towards intimate, first-person approaches to complex and lesser-known realities, with the desire to explore spaces of intimacy within and between people.

After graduating in Psychology. University of Crete, Greece in 2001, studied photography Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain (2003-2005) and completed a Master in Artistic Production and Research at the University of Barcelona (2011-2012).

Her film career began during her Master’s degree by means of artistic productions and by collaborating with Angelo Orlando for the production company Gris Medio. She is an alumni of the IDFA Academy, the CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator and the Acció Producció, Dones Visuals, LIM Development Angels, DOK.incubator International Program 2022.

Producers’s profile:

Patricia Sánchez Mora, graduate in Library Science and Documentation, Audiovisual Communication (University of Extremadura), Master in Audiovisual Anthropology (UB). Alumni of Acció Producció Dones Visuals, 2021, LIM Development Angels, 2021, DOK.incubator International Program 2022. She is head of the L’Alternativa Professionals program (pitching, mentoring, meetings and industry activities) since 2010. In 2007 she created the production company Novena Nube. The films she has produced have been selected for festivals such as DOK Leipzig, Visions du Réel, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Busan, BFI London Film Festival, Cinespaña, Festival de Málaga, Sevilla European Film Festival, D’A Film Festival, Mecal, Seminci and Zinemaldia.