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Director:Wolfgang Luck
Camera:Rainer Friedrich, Christian Eichenauer
Sound:Florian Schmitz, Julian Kolb
Editing:Karl-Heinz Satzger
Production Company:Luckfilm
First Broadcasted:May 6, 2020

“Hellas Forever” (Hellas für immer)

Betrifft, SWR, 45 minutes

Retired to Greece

Karin and Walter are in their mid 70s and live – still – in a small town on the Ostalb/Germany. But their landlord of many years has died, the heirs will soon sell the house and a termination for personal use is threatening. This has caused the two to think about how and where they want to spend their retirement. „Our holidays in Greece are one of the best times of our lives. We have always been fascinated by the beauty of the country and the friendliness of the people there,“ says Karin. They only have a small pension, so they are now looking for something cheap to rent in Greece. They have found half a dozen houses on the Internet and now want to visit them on site. Will they find what they are looking for?

Iris from Karlsruhe is already one step further. She has bought a small house in northern Greece from her entire savings and is now preparing to move. She does not feel much pain of separation: „Germany has become too cold for me, both humanly and politically,“ she says. Emigration is a particularly courageous step for her: Iris has just had cancer surgery and she needs regular follow-up care. But the Greek health system has a dubious reputation. Iris sees it this way: „If I manage to bring body, soul and spirit into harmony in Greece, it is better than any chemotherapy“. But does life under the Greek sun really feel like a holiday in the long term?

We accompanied Iris, Karin and Walter on their first steps into a new life. A film about the courage to take off at an advanced age; about Greek hospitality, German-Greek malaise, cautious approaches and homesickness. Also about the question: Is it really a good idea to emigrate to Greece in retirement?