Greek cinema 2011-2012: Safety in numbers?

Homegrown productions might be facing stagnant government agencies and a complete lack of funds in what appears to be the most critical time in Greek movie history, but judging from the number of films scheduled to hit movie theatres come September, you’d be excused to think the local film industry is thriving.

The 30 (give or take) films chalked up for imminent release might be impressive for a country in credit crunch mode, but it’s by no means reassuring.

Most – if not all – were shot with no financial support from the Greek Film Center or ERT (Greek Hellenic Broadcasting), even though some had actually been approved for state funding a long time ago. A large majority are independent productions, some smaller than others, with costlier projects still struggling to cover expenses moments before (or after) they cross the finishing line. “Alps” by Yorgos Lanthimos and “Unfair World” by Filippos Tsitos – two of the most eagerly awaited homegrown productions on the list – serve as prime examples with both directors forced to choose the indie path despite recent international success.

And another thing: many of these features have yet to be picked up by a local distributor and exact release dates are hard to predict. In fact, it’s beginning to look highly unlikely some of them will ever reach movie theatres at all. So no, there is no safety in numbers and quantity certainly does not mean quality, as very few of these films are geared towards the much-advertised New Greek Cinema that could potentially attract international audiences.

With the Greek Film Center in limbo and previous financial obligations towards already completed films still unfulfilled – not to mention a significant delay in the implementation of the new film law, an increasing number of new screenplays queuing up for state funding programs (currently frozen) and the Greek film community stunted by the deepening financial crisis, no one could possibly claim films can be made with no money. At least no one with an above average IQ.

The fact that films continue to be made – even under the most adverse circumstances – is largely owed to the directors’ passion and deep-rooted need for creative expression. And if the amount of homegrown productions is directly disproportionate to the size of this country, that doesn’t necessarily mean that numbers won’t start dwindling next year. And the credit crunch is not the only thing to blame for the increasingly deteriorating state of the local film industry.

Here’s the list of narrative features scheduled to hit movie theaters starting September 2011 in no particular order:

Unfair World (Adikos Kosmos)

Unfair World (Adikos Kosmos) / Director: Filippos Tsitos Starring: Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Theodora Tzimou
Storyline: Sotiris leads a quiet life as a junior magistrate, until one day he decides to be fair and acquit everyone who’s been driven to a life crime out of sheer necessity. Until one day, while struggling to save an innocent life, he commits manslaughter. His only witness is Dora, a cleaning lady who will also become his ally in his battle to save himself.
Trivia: Hot on the heels of ‘Plato’s Academy’, which grabbed the attention of film festivals everywhere, Filippos Tsitos’ third feature might very well be his best. Faithful to the his main influence – namely Aki Kaurismaki – and boasting a disarming performance by Antonis Kafetzopoulos, ‘Unfair World’ humorously recounts a simple everyday story of little people trying to make it in the big world. The film will be theatrically released by Feelgood Entertainment but will first premier at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

The Other Sea (I Alli Thalassa) / Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos Starring:
Sofocles Peppas, Nikos Kouris
Storyline: An amateur theater troupe composed of Greeks and economic migrants struggles to stage Brecht’s masterpiece ‘The Threepenny Opera’ but fails miserably due to financial restrictions.
Trivia: Scheduled to shoot mostly in Athens, ‘The Other Sea’ is probably Angelopoulos’ first film to take place in an urban center, while the rest of the details concerning the cast, the shooting and release dates remain unknown. The film will unfold in two narrative dimensions, that of Brecht’s play and that of contemporary Athens, while the screenplay will focus on the financial crisis. Memories of ‘The Travelling Players’, inevitably evoked by the storyline, will contribute towards the director’s most ambitious project in some time.

Alps (Alpis)

Alps (Alpis) / Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Aggeliki Papoulia, Ariane Labed, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris
Storyline: Consisting of a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and a trainer, “Alps” is an illegal group that offers to inhabit the role of your dearly departed. For the right price, they pose as recently deceased people, helping their friends, relatives and colleagues ease their pain.
Trivia: The ‘Dogtooth’ team is back with a vengeance with a darker, even more unpredictable screenplay, penned by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. Screened in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, ‘Alps’ successfully met the great expectations born out of ‘Dogtooth’s’ international success, scheduled for local release on October 27 through Feelgood Entertainment.

Amnesty (Amnistia)

Amnesty (Amnistia) / Director: Bujar Alimani Starring: Luli Bitri, Karafil Shena, Todi Llupi
Storyline: After a new law grants inmates at the Tirana prison conjugal rights for the first time, Elsa hops on the bus from Pogradec once a month to visit her husband in jail. Spetim goes through the exact same routine for his wife until the two meet and fall in love. Unfortunately their days together are numbered, as their partners are granted amnesty.
Trivia: A sensitive, personal and very political film takes an inside look at contemporary Albania, plagued by unemployment and financial decrepitude. Bujar Alimani’s first narrative feature was screened at the recent Berlin Film Festival, winning the C.I.C.A.E Award. ‘Amnesty’ was made with the financial support of both the Greek and the Albanian Film Centers.

Hannibal Ante Portas (Annivas pro ton Pilon)

Hannibal Ante Portas (Annivas pro ton Pilon) / Director: Elissavet Chronopoulou Starring: Alexia Terezaki, Yannis Kokiasmenos, Isavela Kogevina, Nikos Georgakis, Olga Pappa
Storyline: 18-year-old outcast Chara will employ any means necessary, both legal and otherwise, to become an equestrian champion. Convinced the National Team will guarantee social acceptance, she’ll soon find out that dreams don’t always come true, especially in the world she’s so eager to be part of.
Trivia: Following her exceptional 2004 debut ‘A Song is Not Enough’, Elissavet Chronopoulou opens the door to the unknown world of equestrian sports with a contemporary melodrama on the possibility of success. Lead roles are divided between unknown Alexia Terezaki in a breakthrough performance and Yannis Kokiasmenos, previosuly seen in ‘Strella/ A Woman’s Way’. The film will receive its world premier at the 17th Athens International Film Festival.

The Rebellion of Red Maria (I Antarsia tis Kokkinis Marias)

The Rebellion of Red Maria (I Antarsia tis Kokkinis Marias) / Director: Costas Zapas Starring: Antonis Papadopoulos, Christos Vernikos, Triandafyllia Dimitriadi
Storyline: In a city where people are equally haunted by heavy metal and Maria Callas, a cross-dressing ex- terrorist past his prime, poses as the ‘Red Maria’, a prostitute, an outsider and an entertainer. Red Maria earns a living by reviving forgotten old dance numbers at roadside cafes for anyone who will throw a penny her way. One day, she comes across a little street urchin, barely alive after a neo-fascist attack. The boy, already addicted to alcohol, hears the voice of Maria Callas in his head, talking to the dead diva as if she was the mother he never had. Together they will turn into shamans, rebels, holy fools until a series of murders turns them idealists into serial killers.
Trivia: Costas Zapas (‘Uncut Family’, ‘The Last Porn Movie’, ‘Minor Freedoms’) perseveres in an idiosyncratic brand of cinema that’s all his own.

Burning Heads (To Gala)

Burning Heads (To Gala) / Director: Giorgos Siougas Starring: Omiros Poulakis, Promitheas Aliferopoulos, Ioanna Tsirigouli, Iro Bezou
Storyline: Rina and her two sons, Antonis and Lefteris, are immigrants from Tbilisi. Antonis is dreaming of the good life and soon turns his back on his roots, while Lefteris, more sensitive or just more naive, searches for the truth within. A family is torn apart, demolishing the foundations of their dysfunctional home: Country – Mother – Love.
Trivia: ‘Burning Heads’ is based on a hit stage play by Vassilis Katsikonouris that left an indelible mark on the homegrown theater scene. Choosing a first-time filmmaker for its big screen adaptation, distributor Odeon is hoping for a box-office sensation with an October 6 release.

Tied Red String (Demeni Kokkini Klosti)

Tied Red String (Demeni Kokkini Klosti) / Director: Kostas Haralabous Starring: Thanos Samaras, Tasos Nousias, Stefania Goulioti, Efi Gousi, Anestis Vlachos, Tasos Palantzidis, Dina Michaelidi, Spyros Bibilas
Storyline: In a mountainous village somewhere in the Greek countryside, armed paramilitary units lead by captain Michas are terrorizing leftwing partisans refusing to pledge their allegiance after the Treaty of Varkiza. Lambros and his wife are among them. Circumstance will bring them together, sealing their unlikely union with a red string.
Trivia: This is Haralabous’ second narrative feature following ‘Love at 16’, which won him Best Newcomer at the former State Cinema Awards.

Blood Ties (Desma Aimatos) / Director: Nikos Panayotopoulos Starring: Markela Giannatou, Yannis Stankoglou, Nikitas Tsakiroglou, Dimitris Piatas, Nikos Kardonis, Stelios Iakovidis
Storyline: Flight attendant Margarita sees her worklife flashing before her very eyes while her lovelife remains stagnant thanks to her bedridden father. When he eventually passes away, Margarita will set off on a journey to northern Greece in search of a former lover.
Trivia: Veteran filmmaker Nikos Panayotopoulos, who makes a film every two years without fail, ventures into independent territory with a literary adaptation courtesy of Maria Powell. Shooting is still in progress in Athens and the Greek countryside with a small crew and digital cameras.

L

L / Director: Babis Makridis Starring: Aris Servetalis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yannis Bostantzoglou, Thanassis Dimou, Nota Cherniavsky
Storyline: A homeless man, permanently living in his car, gets caught up in the undeclared war between motorcycle riders and car drivers.
Trivia: Babis Makridis’ first narrative feature might well be the most eagerly awaited film of the season thanks to its idiosyncratic screenplay (co-written by Efthymis Filippou of ‘Dogtooth’ fame), undisclosed shooting locations and ravishing photography (courtesy of ‘Dogtooth’ and ‘Attenberg’ DP Thimios Bakatakis). ‘L’ is currently in post-production but is already considered a rare oddity.

Illusion / Director: Savvas Karydas Starring: Eugenia Kaplan, Yannis Stankoglou, Iosif Polyzoidis, Dimitris Imellos
Storyline: A contemporary film noir unfolding somewhere in Athens, forces its characters to face up to the harsh reality.
Trivia: ‘Close to the Edge’ director Savvas Karydas takes on his second feature.

Nasty Boys (Kolopaida)

Nasty Boys (Kolopaida) / Director Stelios Kammitis Starring: Giorgos Kafetzopoulos, Ainias Tsamatis, Diogenis Skaltsas, Ioanna Kolliopoulou, Angeliki Stellatou
Storyline: Three friends roam the streets of Exacheia on a hot August night, the neighborhood where they grew up, before they leave Athens for Berlin.
Trivia: Cypriot director Stelios Kammitsis’ debut (he was assistant director on Theodoros Angelopoulos’ ‘The Dust of Time’ and Dimitris Papaioannou’s ‘2’) was shot in Athens over the summer of 2010 in an attempt to give the lost generation of the ‘00s the indie anthem they deserve.

Larissa Confidential (Larisa Empisteftiko) / Director: Stratos Markidis Starring: Dimitris Starovas, Tasos Palatzidis, Gerasimos Skiadaressis, Dimitris Tzoumakis, Tasos Kostis, Anna Monogiou, Katerina Papoutsaki, Yannis Zouganelis, Thanasis Tsaltabasis, Kostas Voutsas, Michalis Iatropoulos, Mihalis Marinos, Efi Papatheodorou, Bessy Malfa, Eleni Gerasimidou
Storyline: For years the residents of Pezoula and Vrysoula lived in perfect harmony. The villages were separated by a big wall and everybody minded their own business, until the Kallikratis plan joined the two communities and everything went haywire! A big-time journalist dies, the biological wastewater treatment plant divides, the minister accepts bribes, dirty money is flying around and the Financial and Economic Crime Unit sticks its nose where it doesn’t belong causing the local nightclub owners a lot of grief. State and private interests are crossed and one nasty surprise follows the next…
Trivia: ‘I Love Karditsa’ changes location but maintains the same approach and visual style.

Loafing and Camouflage: Sirens on Dry Land (Loufa kai Parallagi: Seirines sti Steria) / Director: Nicos Perakis Starring: Yannis Tsimitselis, Orfeas Avgoustidis, Yorgos Seitaridis, Vicky Kaya, Ioannis Papazisis, Jenny Theona, Socratis Patsikas Storyline: The old gang is finally done with military service and Stavrakomathiakakis, a permanent resident of Crete, has adopted a little girl from Pakistan. But when the kid goes missing, he’s forced to go looking for her in Athens with a little help from his friends.
Trivia: ‘Loafing and Camouflage’ gets another sequel, only this time around it’s based in Athens. Director Nicos Perakis takes advantage of the opportunity to cauterize the current political situation, while serving up an inherently Greek comedy. The film will be released through Odeon on October 27 and is expected to do wonders at the box office, as per usual.

Man at Sea

Man at Sea / Director: Constantine Giannaris Starring: Antonis Karistinos, Theodora Tzimou, Konstadinos Avarikiotis
Storyline: Alex and Kate reunite aboard the Sea Voyager after a long separation following their son’s death. On that same day, Alex rescues thirty young immigrants drifting at sea, but the owner of the nearly bankrupt shipping company pressures him to resolve the situation immediately. Meanwhile, some members of the crew form affectionate bonds with the children and even Kate resolves to give motherhood a second chance, but most feel their visitors have overstayed their welcome. Incapable of handling the mounting tension and deeply affected by the loss of his son, Alex makes some very bad decisions.
Trivia: Although the dark, almost nightmarish, adventure ‘Man at Sea’ already received its world premiere at the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Films Festival in 2011, Constantine Giannaris decided to reedit the entire thing upon his return to Athens, tightening the pace and giving the project a second wind. ‘Man at Sea’ is the director’s most ambitious work to date and is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the season.

Magic Hour / Director: Costas Kapakas Starring: Renos Haralambidis, Tasos Antoniou
Storyline: A failed filmmaker with high ideals is roaming the country, tackling Kapakas’ own passage from the 80s to contemporary Greece.
Trivia: Shooting on a 7D DSLR camera, it would appear that Costas Kapakas is leaving ‘Peppermint’ and ‘Uranya’ behind, venturing into the land of low-budget DIY cinema!

Island 2: The Hunt for the Lost Treasure (Nisos 2: To Kynigi tou Hamenou Thisavrou)

Island 2: The Hunt for the Lost Treasure (Nisos 2: To Kynigi tou Hamenou Thisavrou) / Director: Antonis Aggelopoulos Starring: Vladimiros Kiriakidis, Mihalis Marinos, Dimitris Tzoumakis, Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Eleni Kastani, Elissavet Konstantinidou, Tania Tripi, Zeta Douka, Dafni Labroyanni, Solonas Tsounis, Nikos Georgakis, Sotiris Kalivatsis, Angeliki Lambri, Kostas Voutsas
Storyline: Two days before they are released from jail, Babis and Afroditi hear about a lost treasure on the island, dating back to the Ottoman Occupation. The merciless treasure hunt that ensues will slowly involve all the islanders we already know and love, including Olympia’s ghost!
Trivia: Featuring the usual Cycladic backdrop, ‘Island 2’ has changed directors but the caste remains the same – except for a few minor additions. The film is expected to hit movie theatres January 26 courtesy of Village Films.

DOS – A Love Story in Reverse (DOS – Mia Istoria Agapis ap’ tin Anapodi)

DOS – A Love Story in Reverse (DOS – Mia Istoria Agapis ap’ tin Anapodi) / Director: Stathis Athanasiou Starring: Stavros Yagoulis, Marina Kalogirou, David Fernández Fabu, Inés Castaño
Storyline: Héctor and Nerea come from Madrid but live in Barcelona, the city where everybody comes from somewhere else… That’s where Hippolytos meets Phaedra. None of them know each other nor will their paths ever cross. They have absolutely nothing in common except for Barcelona and a potential breakup, the common denominator to every relationship in the world.
Trivia: The debut feature by Stathis Athanasiou was screened in competition at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, winning the Audience and Best International Feature Awards. Shot in Athens and Barcelona, it’s a youthful love story meant for everyone and will be hitting theaters September 1 via Odeon.

The Guide (O Xenagos)

The Guide (O Xenagos) / Director: Zacharias Mavroeidis Starring: Mihalis Oikonomou, Katerina Mavrogiorgi, Nikolas Piperas, François Renault, Anne-Marie O’Sullivan, Kathrin Suckfiel, Stavroula Kontopoulou
Storyline: Iasonas arrives in Athens in order to embark on an ambitious new career as a specialized tour guide for architects. His first group consists of foreign architecture students on the last leg of their Erasmus exchange program. Iasonas suddenly finds himself caught in the crossfire, as his clients would rather spend all their time hanging around coffee shops and visiting the graveyard than going on a guided tour of the Acropolis. Meanwhile, he reunites with former best friend Mirsini. Stuck between a girl who progressively sees him less and less as a friend and a group that sees him less and less as a guide, Iasonas will soon be forced have to resolve questions concerning his sexuality, his career and his life in general.
Trivia: ‘The Guide’, an authentic indie DIY, is filmmaker Zacharias Mavroeidis’ debut feature, boasting an unexpectedly solid performance by Mihalis Oikonomou and a youthful attitude towards surviving love and life in credit crunch Athens.

Paradise (Paradeisos)

Paradise (Paradeisos) / Director: Panagiotis Fafoutis Starring: Olia Lazaridou, Errikos Litsis, Christos Loulis, Konstadinos Avarikiotis, Maria Skoula, Andreas Konstantinou, Natasa Zaga, Mihalis Fotopoulos, Vangelis Alexandris,
Storyline: Four couples, each one desperately trying to either rescue or escape their relationship, lose themselves in the intoxicating atmosphere of the carnival before they finally reveal their true colors, the ones hiding behind the masks.
Trivia: Panagiotis Fafoutis’ second feature (following box office success ‘The Heiress’) sees the director return to his stomping ground, the city of Patra, for a mosaic made up of people looking for everlasting love.

Poker Face

Poker Face / Director: Christos Dimas Starring: Alkis Kourkoulos, Evi Saoulidou,
Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Yannis Bostantzoglou, Dimitris Piatas, Giorgos Pyrpassopoulos, Jenny Theona,
Storyline: A girl raised by her gambler dad excels at the poker table, with a little help from her stuffed parrot. Is it possible the moment she loses her lucky charm she will finally find love?
Trivia: Christos Dimas is currently shooting his new film, a romantic comedy with a gambling background, to be released through Village Films.

Pontiacs: The Next Generation (Oi Podioi: Next Generation) / Director: Omiros Efstratiadis Starring: Pavlos Kontoyannidis, Takis Vamvakidis, Penelope Pitsouli, Tasos Palatzidis, Kostas Voutsas, Harry Klynn
Storyline: A series of vignettes reveal the Pontiacs methods of surviving credit crunch Greece.
Trivia: Encouraged by the success of ‘Wheels, Schoolbag and Hookey’, Omiros Efstratiadis updates ‘The Pontiacs’, one of the many titles on his long videography, originally released in 1986. With October 28 cited as a possible release date, ‘Pontiacs: The Next Generation’ is already using politician Panayiotis Psomiadis’ cameo as a promotional decoy, setting the pace for his inimitable film stylings.

The Christmas Tango (To Tango ton Hristougennon)

The Christmas Tango (To Tango ton Hristougennon) / Director: Nikos Koutelidakis Starring: Giannis Bezos, Yannis Stankoglou, Antinoos Albanis, Vicky Papadopoulou (Zoi Logou), Eleni Kokkidou, Vasilis Risvas
Storyline: An unexpected meeting between 65-year-old Lazaros Lazarou and a young man on Christmas day, brings back memories that had been lying dormant for years: a military camp on river Evros in 1970, a Christmas party and a sensual tango set the stage for the lives of four different people. A bashful soldier, a harsh lieutenant, a colonel with his charming wife are the heroes of a tragicomic story, riddled with secret desires and unfulfilled passions.
Trivia: The adaptation of Yiannis Xanthoulis’ bestseller is rumored to be one of the finest films of the year, marking the feature debut of television director Nikos Koutelidakis. The screenplay comes courtesy of playwright Vangelis Nasis while Village is scheduled to release the film this Christmas.

Tungsten

Tungsten / Director: Giorgos Georgopoulos Starring: Vangelis Mourikis, Tasos Nousias, Omiros Poulakis, Promitheas Aliferopoulos, Kora Karvouni
Storyline: Two teenage boys, a ticket inspector and a man bursting with regrets are trying to make up for past mistakes while Athens is experiencing a general blackout.
Trivia: The indie black and white debut by Giorgos Georgopoulos received its premiere at last year’s Athens International Film Festival gaining a lot of die-hard fans and even got as far as the Hellenic Film Academy, earning two nomination for best newcomer and best supporting actor. While we await developments on the distribution front, it’s safe to say that Georgopoulos is a force to be reckoned with, or at least he will be in the near future.

J.A.C.E. / Director: Menelaos Karamaghiolis Starring: Alban Ukaj, Argyris Xafis, Akilas Karazisis, Christos Loulis, Yannis Tsortekis, Kostas Mpreikopoulos, Minas Chatzisavas, Stephania Goulioti, Ieronimos Kalitsanos, Diogo Infante, Soma Mpantekas
Storyline: A contemporary fable starring a latter-day Oliver Twist, Jace tells the story of an orphan whose life is like the Odyssey in reverse. Constantly persecuted with no identity to call his own, he will eventually find true love and the semblance of a family in Maria and her child, who he will have to protect them from the very same gangs that haunted his youth.
Trivia: A true aesthete among his peers, Menelaos Karamaghiolis (‘Black Out p.s. Red Out’, 1998) has managed to maintain a veil of secrecy over his latest film, in the works for over a decade.

The Dog Hide (To Tomari tou Skylou) / Director: Kostas Koutsomytis
Storyline: General Konstantinos Dovromiros, the National Intelligence Service Commander, has been assigned to protect De Gaulle during his official visit to Thessaloniki on May 19 1963, three days before Grigoris Lambrakis is assassinated. There are many who want to see De Gaulle dead so Dovromiros recruits 3.000 paramilitary officers to assist him but his second-in-command, secretly connected to foreign intelligence services and the ‘Scarlett Hide’ organisation, is following very different orders.
Trivia: Based on the novel ‘A Lot of Butter on the Dog’s Hide’ by Giorgos Skabardonis, the film first started out as a TV series but when Alpha channel cut the funding short, it was repackaged for the big screen. ‘The Dog Hide’ is Koutsomytis’ first feature films since ‘The Noose’ in 1987 and has already been picked up by Feelgood Entertainment.

Three Days of Happiness (Treis Meres Eftyhias)

Three Days of Happiness (Treis Meres Eftyhias) / Director: Dimitris Athanitis Starring: Alexandra Aidini, Katerina Fotiadi, Nikol Drizi
Storyline: Three women, Irina, Anna and Vera, are faced with the most decisive night of their lives. Ostracized from reality, they decide to look for happiness on the streets of Athens but life has other plans…
Trivia: After ‘Planet Athens’ in 2005, Dimitris Athanitis goes back to following different storylines randomly entwined by cinematic fate. The film will receive its world premiere at the Athens International Film Festival.

Chinatown, the Three Shelters (Chinatown, ta Tria Katafygia)

Chinatown, the Three Shelters (Chinatown, ta Tria Katafygia) /
Director: Aliki Danezi-Knutsen Starring: Katerina Misixroni, Themis Bazaka, Yannis Stankoglou, Koulis Nikolaou, Richard Ji, Chris Li, Master Tang, Tung Wing
Storyline: A young half Cypriot half Chinese girl is trained in martial arts looking to avenge her father’s death.
Trivia: Aliki Danezi-Knutsen owns the copyright to the world’s strangest combination, a Cypriot/Chinese kung fu film that, despite all the adversities, has finally finished shooting and is currently in post-production.

Fish n’ Chips

Fish n’ Chips / Director: Elias Demetriou Starring: Marios Ioannou, Marlene Kaminsky, Anne-Marie O’Sullivan, Diomedes Koufteros, Alkistis Pavlidou, Margarita Zachariou, Andreas Phylactou, Stephanie Neofytou
Storyline: Andy, a hard-working fish n’ chip man deep frying his way into oblivion, decides to leave London for his native Cyprus. Having slaved away under lesser men his entire life, he finally opens his very own chip shop, but the moment his dream comes true it instantly turns into a nightmare as he seems to have overlook one small detail: Cyprus just isn’t London!
Trivia: With several shorts and documentaries in his filmography, Cypriot Elias Demetriou has just completed his first narrative feature, shot in England and Cyprus with actors from all over the world.

4ever

4ever / Director: Yorgos Pyrpassopoulos Starring: Yorgos Pyrpassopoulos, Monica McShane
Storyline: Isolated in the suite of a luxury hotel they’re supposed to be renovating, a man and a woman come face to face with secrets, desires and repressed passions that had been looming underneath the surface of their supposed happiness.
Trivia: Yorgos Pyrpassopoulos assumes position behind the camera, adapting Yorgos Iliopoulos’s stage play for the big screen – and in English too! Together with his wife, American actress Monica McShane, they give new meaning to the word no-budget film, making the best out of two actors and one location.

Forget me Not / Director: Yannis Fagras Starring: Yannis Stankoglou, Aliki Danezi-Knutsen, Ilias Moraitis, Thor Gouker, Michael Hiller, Mat Townsendt, Brea Hombgood, Altinai Burina
Storyline: A deep sea diver travels to Alaska to drag up a plane from the Bering Strait at the exact same moment the woman who loves him sets out from Greece to track him down.
Trivia: Ten years after his impressive debut ‘Still Looking for Morphine’, Yannis Fagras finally puts the difficulties of his latest production behind him, getting ready to unveil a very ambitious yet deeply human story.