Just as the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Agora Film Market start picking up steam, Heretic Outreach is proud to announce the newest addition to its line-up, the ambitious, incredibly exciting “Thread” by The Boy. The film will receive its world premiere on November 9thand completes Heretic Outreach’s Thessaloniki line-up, alongside Petrova’s Locarno winner “Godless”, Paschos’ debut “Afterlov” and Romania’s biggest box-office sensation, “Two Lottery Tickets” by Paul Negoescu Negoescu.
After debuting his previous three films at Thessaloniki, the multi-talented The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris) returns to the festival with his most ambitious work to date, a sci-fi drama that defies categorization in order to capture a deeply personal vision. Heretic Outreach will be handling international sales.
Written and directed by The Boy, produced by Eleni Bertes, and starring the up-and-coming Sofia Kokkali in a mesmerizing performance, “Thread” challenges the values of contemporary society and addresses issues of memory, violence and the polemic of hope, through a unique cinematic language. Niki’s commitment to the Resistance gives away her inability to be a mother to her son. Lefteris, her son, inherits a past he does not want. Until one day, the ‘thread’ that binds them together, the psychological umbilical cord, is cut. The Mother’s struggle for political freedom turns into psychological shackles that hold the Boy prisoner; in the end, he will have to fight for his own freedom and seek his own redemption.
The producer Eleni Bertes describes the film as “highly political” and a “personal journey”. “All stages of the development, making, and realization of this film have been a personal journey for all those who participated in the production. The film, a low-budget production, is a testament to the fact that filmmaking is both an art and a craft. Whilst it is a uniquely personal journey, THREAD is a highly political film, told through the individual stories of mother and son”.
Director: The Boy
Screenplay: The Boy
Cast: Sofia Kokkali
Cinematography: Simos Sarketzis GSC
Editing: Panos Voutsaras
Special Effects: Prokopis Vlasseros
Sound: Kostas Varibopiotis, Nikos Triantafyllou, Buildings At Night
Music: Felizol & The Boy
Art Direction: The Boy
VFX Supervisor: Giannis Ageladopoulos
Costumes: Alkistis Mamali
Make-up: Ioanna Lygizou
Production company: Logline
Producer: Eleni Bertes
Produced with the financial support of the Greek Film Centre and the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation
94 minutes | Colour | DCP
The Boy is passionate about films, filmmaking and the world of cinema. He has written, directed, produced and acted in many of his own films, as well as the films of his fellow directors. He is also widely known for his music and performs across Europe, having released a number of solo albums and composed numerous music scores for films.
2012 Higuita (Thessaloniki Film Festival; Istanbul Independent Film Festival; Transilvania International Film Festival)
2006 Pink (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Thessaloniki Film Festival; Best Film – Istanbul Independent Film Festival; Best Score – Festival Entrevues Belfort; Best Director – Los Angeles Greek Film Festival)
2003 Crying? (Toronto Film Festival, Thessaloniki Film Festival)
See the rest of our line-up here.