Still River

Anna and Petros, a Greek couple who recently moved to an industrial Siberian town on account of Petros’ work, are shocked to discover Anna is pregnant with no prior intercourse. Did she cheat? Are they victims of a conspiracy? Or blessed with a miracle? Looking for a logical explanation to their situation, Petros starts distrusting Anna, who chooses to embrace the pregnancy, turning to religion to cope. Their previously unshakeable bond starts to falter and cracks begin to show, as their relationship becomes the battleground between the rational and the spiritual.

Set against the striking frozen landscapes of Siberia, “Still River” is a haunting, touching suspense drama about love, trust and faith struggling in the face of doubt.

2018 –Greece, France, Latvia – 128 minutes – Greek, Russian, English – Feature/ Suspense drama

Original title: Ακίνητο Ποτάμι

Directed by: Angelos Frantzis
Written by: Angelos Frantzis, Spyros Kribalis
Cinematography: Simon Beaufils
Edited by: Nelly Ollivault
Cast: Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou, Indra Burkovska, Juris Bartkevičs
Producer: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Mathieu Bompoint, Aija Bērziņa, Alise Gelze, Vassilis Alatas, Angelos Frantzis

Produced by: Heretic, Mezzanine Films, Tasse Films, Alatas Films, The Gardens
Co-produced by: Blonde, Steficon, 2|35, Felony productions, DNA lab, Cinevera LV

  • Thessaloniki IFF (world premiere)
  • Black Nights FF – competition section (international premiere)

Pari

Babak, an Iranian student in Greece, doesn’t show up to welcome his parents at the airport in Athens. Pari and her older husband, Farrokh, both devout Muslims abroad for the first time, are ill prepared to search for their son in such an intimidating and alien environment. They start looking all over the city for any clue that might lead them to him. Soon, they reach a dead-end, and when Pari is forced to return to Iran, she does the unthinkable by deciding to continue her search alone. Following the steps of her rebellious son in the darkest corners of the city, Pari will exhaust the hidden depths and strength of her own soul – to achieve more than a mother’s quest for her missing son.

DCP – 2019 – Greece, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria – Drama

Original language: Farsi, English, Greek

Directed by: Siamak Etemadi Cast: Melika Foroutan, Shahbaz Noshir, Sofia Kokkali Produced by: Heretic In co-production with: Le Bureau, The Chouchkov Brothers, Topkapi

Summer Survivors

An ambitious young research psychologist, Indre, who has reluctantly agreed to transport two patients from one psychiatric unit to another in exchange for research privileges at her clinic, finds herself the leader of a rather rag-tag band on the long journey to the sea. Outgoing Paulius is a young man whose manic stage of his bipolar disorder stands in great contrast to the introvert Juste whose wounds are hidden from sight, but they both struggle to fight the inner battles that define them. As they all navigate the survival process together, what looks like a carefree summer ride with friends sharing laughs from the outside, could actually be the beginning of healing in this bittersweet story that – just like summer – is full of hopes, surprises and the promise that anything is possible.

2018 – Lithuania – 91 minutes – Lithuanian – Feature/ Drama, comedy

Original title: Išgyventi vasarą

Directed by: Marija Kavtaradze
Written by: Marija Kavtaradze
Cinematography: Laurynas Bareiška, Vytautas Katkus
Edited by: Domas Petronis
Cast: Indrė Patkauskaitė, Paulius Markevičius, Gelminė Glemžaitė, Darius Meškauskas, Vilija Grigaitytė
Producer: Marija Razgutė
Co-producer: Klementina Remeikaitė

Produced by: M-Films
Co-produced by: Afterschool

Toronto International Film Festival, Discovery section (world premiere)
Athens International Film Festival
Reykjavik International Film Festival
Tofifest
Lubeck Nordic Film Days
Malatya International Film Festival
Tallin Black Nights Film Festival

An exceptionally sensitive and heart-warming film”   Cineuropa

The Announcement

May 22nd, 1963. Unhappy with the existing social and political situation in Turkey, a group of military officers have planned a coup d’état to take down the government in Ankara. Meanwhile in Istanbul, their conspirators have undertaken the vital mission of taking over the National Radio station and making a formal announcement about the coup. But nothing goes to plan. Faced with a number of obstacles, including a sudden rainstorm, the absence of the radio station technician, a betrayal, the lack of feedback from Ankara and their very own insufficiency, the conspirators scramble to keep their plan on track and announce the success of the coup – that is, if the coup in the capital has taken place at all. Based on actual events and told over the course of a single night, “The Announcement” is a wry commentary on Turkey’s uneasy political past – and present. Biting political satire meets subtle comedy in a film that highlights the absurdity of its story without ever being anything less than dead serious.

2018 – Turkey, Bulgaria – 95 minutes – Turkish – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Anons

Directed by: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Written by: Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Cinematography: Krum Rodrigues
Edited by: Çiçek Kahraman
Cast: Ali Seçkiner Alıcı (Reha),Tarhan Karagöz (Şinasi),Murat Kılıç (Kemal), Şencan Güleryüz (Koreli Fırat)
Producer: Halil Kardaş, Tarık Tufan
Co-producer: Boris Chouchkov

Produced by: Filmotto Production
Co-produced by: Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), BKM (Turkey)

Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti competition section | Special Jury Prize (world premiere)
Athens International Film Festival
Haifa International Film Festival
Sao Paolo International Film Festival

 “Mahmut Fazil Coskun blends political history, humor and violence in this impressive hybrid” – The  Hollywood Reporter

“Comedy of the absurd has rarely felt so strangely real” – Screendaily  

“With his third film, Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun announces himself as a major film talent.” – Cineuropa 

Retablo

High in the remote mountainside of Peru, 14-year-old Segundo is being groomed to follow his father’s footsteps in the traditional folk art of retablo-making — crafting intricate, artisan story-boxes depicting religious scenes and important everyday events. Segundo reveres his father, however the young boy is becoming restless realizing that the weight of carrying the family legacy on his shoulders will keep him on the mountain forever. When he stumbles across a heartbreaking secret his father is harbouring, Segundo will come to face the raw reality of his deeply religious and conservative landscape, as well as a more profound connection with his father than he’d ever imagined.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Peruvian Andes, this coming-of-age story masterfully explores the weight of heritage, the boundaries of love, and the burdens of family expectations – as well as the complexity of accepting our parents for who they really are.

2018 – Peru, Germany, Norway – 101 min – Quechua, Spanish – Feature/ Drama

Directed by: Alvaro Delgado Aparicio L.
Written by: Alvaro Delgado Aparicio L., Héctor Gálvez
Cinematography by: Mario Bassino DFP
Edited by: Eric Williams
Cast: Junior Béjar Roca, Amiel Cayo, Magaly Solier, Hermelinda Luján
Producers: Enid Pinky Campos, Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L. Iris Roca Rey P.
Co-producers: Dag Hoel, Kathleen McInnis, Tobias Poppe

Produced by: SIRI Producciones
Co-produced by: Catch of the Day Films GmbH, DHF

  • Berlin IFF / Generation 14plus | Crystal Bear Special Jury Mention, L’ Oreal Newcomer Teddy award
  • Lima Film Festival | Best Peruvian Film
  • Mooov FF
  • Seattle IFF
  • Inside Out Toronto | Best First Feature award
  • Molodist IFF | Ecumenical Jury – Best Film
  • Frameline | Best First Feature award
  • Galway FF
  • Melbourne IFF
  • Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
  • Film Festival della Lessinia
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival | Grand Prize for Best LGBTQ Feature Film
  • Sydney Latin American FF | Jury Award
  • PELICULA | Latin American Film Experience
  • Cine Vivo Perth Independent Latino FF
  • Haifa IFF
  • Kinenova Skopje
  • Cape Town IFF | Special Mention
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Festival de Cine la Orquídea Cuenca
  • Queersicht
  • Brussels Pink Screens FF
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  • El Lugar Sin Límites
  • International Eskisehir Film Festival
  • FILMAR en América Latina
  • Vancouver Latin American FF | Jury Award
  • Bucharest Latin American Film Festival | Best Feature Film
  • Rochester ImageOut Film Festival | Best Narrative Film
  • Chicago International Film Festival: Winner Gold Q Hugo Award for Best Feature Film

Nominated for Sebastiane Latino of theSan Sebastián FF

Holiday

Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the “family” of her drug lord boyfriend at his holiday villa in the port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life in this volatile household, but when Sascha seeks the attention of another man, the velvet veneer is stripped raw to the bone. Is it possible that she could still leave this life of luxury and violence behind?

The trophy girlfriend leaves the sidelines to take centre stage in a story that looks sun-kissed, fun and sexy until the tables are turned – much like its central character.

2018 – Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey – 93 minutes -Danish, English – Feature/ Drama 

Directed by: Isabella Eklöf
Written by: Johanne Algren, Isabella Eklöf
Cinematography by: Nadim Carlsen
Edited by: Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Cast: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer, Bo Brønnum
Producer: David B. Sørensen
Co-producer: Trent, Jonas Kellagher

Produced by: Apparatur Aps
Co-produced by: Oak Motion Pictures, Commonground Pictures, Film i Väst

  • Sundance Film Festival – competition section (world premiere)
  • Luxembourg City Film Festival
  • Fribourg IFF
  • Film Festival Sundsvall
  • Sarasota IFF
  • Skopje FF
  • Molodist IFF
  • Taipei IFF
  • Revelation Perth
  • Galway FF
  • Beach FF
  • New Zealand IFF
  • Motovun IFF
  • New Horizons | Grand Prix
  • Sidewalk FF
  • Oldenburg IFF
  • Strasbourg European FF
  • Fantastic Fest
  • Vancouver IFF
  • BeyondFest
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema
  • BFI
  • Brooklyn Horror FF
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Nordic IFF
  • Thessaloniki IFF
  • Scanorama European Film Forum

“An exceptional feature debut” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

“An astonishing first feature…“Holiday” is a fearless work, anchored by a bold, subtle lead performance.” – Erik Kohn, Indiewire

“Quite the conversation-starter… deserves a prominent spot at the table” – Indiewire, Memo to Distributors: Buy these Sundance 2018 Movies

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on a illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.

DCP – 2018 – Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico – 127 min – Drama

Original language: Arabic, Hebrew, English

Directed by: Muayad Alayan Cast: Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Maisa Abd Elhadi Produced by: PalCine Production Co-produced by: KeyFilm, Manderley Films, Monofilms

  • Rotterdam IFF | Hubert Bals Audience Award, Special Jury Award for screenplay
  • Vilnius IFF
  • Titanic Budapest IFF | Special Mention
  • Istanbul IFF
  • Mooov FF
  • Cinepolitica IFF
  • Off Camera
  • Jeonju IFF
  • Seattle IFF | Grand Jury Prize
  • Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF
  • Galway FF
  • Brave Festival
  • Odessa IFF
  • Durban IFF | Best Film, Best Actress
  • Taoyuan Film Festival
  • Almaty Film Festival
  • Calgary IFF
  • CPH Pix
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema
  • Copenhagen Cinematheque
  • Arab Film Festival
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Mostra de Valencia. Cinema del Mediterrani
  • Seminci Valladolid
  • Tokyo IFF
  • Leeds IFF
  • Cineuropa
  • International Eskisehir Film Festival
  • KANAAN Palestinian Film Week
  • Bristol Palestine FF

Icebergs

Based on the book “Scenes” by award-winning screenwriter Efthymis Filippou (“Dogtooth”, “The Lobster”, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”), “Icebergs” is an existential, dark comedy consisting of 14 short vignettes, ranging from the mundane to the absurd.

DCP – 2017 – USA, Greece – 10 min – Drama
Original language: English

Directed and written by: Eirini Vianelli Voice cast: Josh Shaffner, Miranda Khan, Rachel Seistrop Produced by: Eirini Vianelli

  • Slamdance FF
  • Glas Animation Film Festival
  • San Francisco IFF | Best Animated Short
  • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
  • Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
  • Molodist IFF
  • Los Angeles Greek FF
  • Edinburgh IFF
  • Melbourne IFF
  • Sarajevo IFF | Special Jury Mention
  • Festival International du Film de Nancy
  • Athens IFF
  • AnimaSyros | Best Student Short
  • Chicago IFF
  • Adelaide IFF
  • Citizen Jane FF
  • Stockholm FF

Meteors

They come at night. Everyone steps out of their homes. They light torches and remember those who have walked these streets before them. In the next few hours, the city is on lockdown and an eclipse appears. At night, meteors start to fall. Blending documentary filmmaking and political commentary, and connecting the earthly to the cosmos, “Meteors” is a film about memory and disappearance – of people, places and things.

2017 – The Netherlands, Turkey – 81 minutes – Turkish, Kurdish – Documentary

Original title: Meteorlar

Directed by: Gürcan Keltek
Cinematography by: Mustafa Şen & Fırat Gürgen
Edited by: Fazilet Onat
Producers: Gürcan Keltek, Marc Van Goethem
Co-producers: Arda Çiltepe,  Burak Çevik

Produced by: 29P Films

  • Locarno IFF | Boccalino d’ Oro award / Swatch Art Peace Hotel award
  • Milan FF | Best Film
  • Isreal FF | Best Film
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal
  • Bordeaux International Film Festival | Special Mention of the Jury
  • Jihlava IDFF | Best Debut Film
  • Seville European Film Festival
  • Les Écrans Documentaires
  • Bratislava IFF | Best Documentary
  • Bilbao Zinebi FF
  • Porto/Post/Doc | Grand Prix
  • Trieste FF
  • Rotterdam IFF
  • FICUNAM
  • Bari/ screening
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival | Special Jury award
  • Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF
  • One World Romania International Human Rights & Documentary Festival
  • Hong Kong IFF
  • GEGENKino FF
  • BAFICI | Best Film
  • Fajr International Film Festival
  • Frames of Representation
  • Art of the Real
  • Crossing Europe
  • CineDOC Tbilisi
  • Beldocs | Best Film
  • International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86″
  • EPA CINE
  • Lima Independiente FF
  • Taipei Literature Festival
  • International Film Festival Kino Otok
  • Filmadrid
  • Palma Mallorca
  • Atlantida FF
  • Aegean FF
  • Encuentros Cámara Lúcida
  • DokuFest
  • Festival de cinéma de Douarnenez
  • Festival du cinema subversif du Metz
  • Perugia Social FF
  • Ars Independent FF
  • Inconvenient Films
  • Viennale
  • Cali IFF FICCALI

Daha

Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees to Europe, giving them temporary shelter and scant food until they attempt their crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life of crime, but can’t help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation and human suffering. Can you avoid becoming a monster when you’ve been raised by one?

Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name by Hakan Günday, which has been translated into more than 7 languages worldwide, “Daha” is the gripping story of a boy that gets to grow up in a world where there’s no room for innocence.

2017 – Turkey – 115 minutes – Turkish, Arabic, Feature/ Drama

Original title: Daha

Directed by: Onur Saylak
Written by: Hakan Günday, Onur Saylak, Doğu Yaşar Akal
Cinematography by: Feza Çaldıran
Edited by: Ali Aga
Cast: Hayat Van Eck, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Turgut Tunçalp, Tankut Yıldız, Tuba Büyüküstün
Producer: Kerem Çatay
Co-producer: Ziya Cemre Kutluay

Produced by: Ay Yapim
Co-produced by: b.i.t. arts 

  • Karlovy Vary IFF (world premiere)
  • Film by the Sea
  • Batumi IFF
  • Calgary IFF
  • Bergen IFF
  • Ghent IFF
  • Mumbai FF
  • Busan IFF
  • Tofifest
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Seminci Valladolid IFF
  • Stockholm IFF
  • Films from the South
  • Scanorama
  • Kolkata IFF
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF
  • Brussels Mediteranean Film Festival
  • Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!
  • Pune IFF
  • Dhaka IFF | Best Director, Best Script
  • Sudan Independent FF
  • Glasgow FF
  • Bengaluru IFF
  • Titanic Budapest IFF
  • East End FF | Best Film
  • Mooov FF
  • Cyprus Film Days
  • Police Film Festival of Liege
  • Humboldt University
  • D’A FF
  • Taipei Literature Festival
  • Within the Family
  • Galway FF
  • Manarat Festival
  • Giffoni FF
  • Turkish Film Festival
  • Divan FF
  • Taste of Anatolia
  • OFFF Otranto Film Fund Festival
  • Cinemagic IFF for Young People
  • ImagineIndia

Copa-Loca

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone – in every possible way.

Writer/Director: Christos Massalas Director of Photography: Konstantinos Koukoulios Starring: Elsa Lekakou, Jenny Hiloudaki, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Talat Iqbal, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Michalis Pitidis, Fotis Stratigos, Nadia Katsoura, Panos Iosifidis, George Ramantanis, Jon Simvonis Production Manager: Maria Repousi Editing: Christos Massalas Original music: Σtella Costume Design: Marli Aliferi Make-up: Ioanna Lygizou Sound: Dimitris Kanellopoulos, George Ramantanis Produced by: Christos Massalas Co-produced by: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis Running time: 14’ Country of production: Greece

  • Directors Fortnight (world premiere)
  • Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival
  • Guanajuato IFF
  • Sarajevo FF | Special Jury Mention
  • Concorto FF | Young Jury prize
  • Sao Paulo International Short FF
  • Festival de Cinema de la Ville de Quebec
  • Batumi IFF
  • Athens IFF | Best Film & Best Director
  • Thess Short FF
  • Milan IFF
  • Reykjavik IFF | Best International Short
  • FIFF Namur
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal | Best Short
  • Festifreak
  • Braunschweig IFF
  • Uppsala International Short FF
  • Kino Xenix cinema
  • Free Zone Film Festival
  • Leeds IFF | Best International Short
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
  • AFI Fest
  • Ljubljana IFF
  • Cork IFF
  • Zagreb FF
  • Gijon IFF
  • Exground Filmfest
  • Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS
  • Verin ISFF
  • iShorts FF
  • International Short FF ZUBROFFKA
  • London Short FF
  • Prague Short FF
  • Trieste IFF
  • Hellas FilmBox Berlin
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short FF
  • Dublin IFF
  • Alessandria Film Festival
  • IBAFF
  • Tampere FF
  • MECAL
  • Akbank Short Film Festival
  • Short Waves IFF
  • FEC Festival_European Short FF
  • New Directors/ New Films
  • Vilnius FF
  • Lichter FF
  • Go Short – International Short FF Nijmegen
  • East End FF
  • Sarasota FF
  • Kino Cameo
  • FilmFest Dresden
  • Skopje Film Festival
  • Cellu l’art Short Film Festival Jena
  • Kyiv International Short FF
  • RSC Shorts Festival
  • Dallas IFF
  • Los Angeles Greek FF
  • Norwegian Short FF
  • Festival du Film de Fesses
  • Basta Fest
  • Aegean Film Festival
  • SeaNema Open Air FF
  • Saristra Festival
  • Silhouette Short Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film de Nancy
  • Odense IFF
  • International Short FF of Cyprus
  • Riga IFF

Son of Sofia

Athens, 2004 summer Olympic Games. 11-year-old Misha arrives from Russia to live with his mother, Sofia. What he doesn’t know is that there is a father waiting for him there. While Greece is living the Olympic dream, Misha will get violently catapulted into the adult world, riding on the dark side of his favorite fairy tales.

2017 – Greece, Bulgaria, France – 111 minutes – Rusian, Greek – Feautre/ Drama

Original title: Ο Γιος της Σοφίας

Directed by: Elina Psykou
Written by: Elina Psykou
Cinematography: Dionysis Efthimiopoulos
Edited by: Nelly Ollivault
Cast: Victor Khomut (Misha), Valery Tscheplanowa (Sofia), Thanassis Papageorgiou (Mr. Nikos), Artemios Havalits (Victor), Areti Seintaridou (Nina), Ivonni Maltezou (Ms. Anna), Maria Filini (Leading lady), Marinos Veslemes (Mr. Andreas) and Christos Stergioglou (Antonis Paraskevas)
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Co-producers: Janja Kralj, Boris Chouchkov

Produced by: Heretic
Co-produced by: KinoElektron, Chouchkov Brothers, SIF309, Stefi, Prosenghisi, Steficon
Supported by: Eurimages, Greek Film Centre, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe, ERT and Berlinale Residency

  • Tribeca IFF | Best Film
  • Jeonju IFF
  • Los Angeles Greek Film Festival | Best Feature Special Jury Award
  • Moscow IFF
  • Transatlantyk FF
  • Gimli Film Festival
  • Sarajevo FF | CICAE Art Cinema award
  • Yalta IFF “Eurasian Bridge” | Grand Prix
  • El Gouna IFF
  • International Women’s Film Festival of Sale
  • New York Greek FF
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Miami GEMS Festival
  • San Fransisco Greek Film Festival
  • Greek FF of Australia
  • Cambridge FF
  • Diaspora Film Festival
  • Carthage FF
  • Malatya IFF
  • FilmFestival Cottbus
  • Stockholm IFF
  • Scanorama
  • Kolkata IFF
  • Gijon IFF
  • Mittelmeer Filmtage
  • Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival
  • Montreal Greek Film Festival
  • Innovative IFF
  • Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival
  • Atlantida FF
  • BUZZ CEE
  • Taoyuan Film Festival
  • OFFF Otranto Film Fund Festival
  • Cineclub Hellenique
  • Golden Unicorn Awards
  • Olhares do Mediterraneo
  • European Film Week
  • Greek Film Days/ Prague
  • IFF “Russia Abroad”

Thread

Niki’s commitment to the Resistance undermines her ability 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.

2016 – Greece – 94 minutes – Greek – Feature/ Sci-fi drama

Original title: Νήμα

Directed by: The Boy
Written by: The Boy
Cinematography: Simos Sarketzis GSC
Edited by: Panos Voutsaras
Cast: Sofia Kokkali
Producer: Eleni Bertes
Co-producer:

Produced by: Logline
With the support of: Greek Film Centre, ERT

  • Thessaloniki IFF (world premiere)
  • Goteborg FF (international premiere)
  • Lume IFF
  • LA Film Festival
  • New Horizons IFF
  • Greek Film Week Munich
  • Hellas FilmBox
  • Dublin Sci-fi FF

Two Lottery Tickets

Somewhere in the midst of the Romanian outback lives Dinel, a man with a moustache and curly hair who seems to be down on his luck: his customers at the garage are an unhappy bunch and his wages barely cover an after-work beer – which is also the reason his wife recently left him.

Things take a turn for the better, when Dinel unexpectedly wins six million Euros playing the lottery. However, there is still the problem of his ticket being located in his bum bag, which has just been nabbed by two wannabe gangsters. Together with his best buddies, Sile and Pompiliu, Dine sets off on a madcap journey in search of his winning scrap of paper, a trip that brings him into contact with paranoid potheads, enterprising clairvoyants and would-be singers, in this award-winning comedy and box office smash in its native Romania.

 

2016 – Romania, Spain – 86 minutes – Romanian – Feature/ Comedy

Original title: Douã lozuri

Directed by: Paul Negoescu
Written by: Paul Negoescu
Cinematography: Ana Drăghici
Edited by: Alexandru Radu
Cast: Dorian Boguță, Dragoș Bucur, Alexandru Papadopol, Șerban Pavlu, Andi Vasluianu, Codin Maticiuc, Irina Noapteș
Producer: Dragoș Bucur
Co-producers: Dorian Boguță, Alexandru Papadopol, Paul Negoescu, Jesus del Cerro, Rodrigo Ruiz de Tarazona

Produced by: Actoriedefilm.ro Company
Co-produced by: Papillon Film, Kirkland, Studio Indie Production

Transilvania IFF
Zurich Film Festival
– Special Jury mention
Namur IFF
KineNova Skopje FF
CinEast FF
Sao Paolo IFF
Thessaloniki IFF

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – Best Comedy Feature
Kolkota IFF
Making Waves
Monte-Carlo Comedy FF – Special Jury award
European Union FF
Let’s Cee FF
Vilnius IFF
Hong Kong IFF
Minneapolis St. Paul IFF

Afterlov

It’s summertime in Athens and Nikos, a 30-year-old broke musician, is taking care of a luxurious villa in the suburbs that belongs to a friend of his. Between poolside cocktails and fooling around with the dog that he is meant to take care of, Nikos has a plan. Still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, he figures this is a unique opportunity to get some much-needed answers and he invites her over for the weekend. Sofia delightfully accepts not knowing, of course, that Nikos’ plans are not as innocent as they seem. Nikos locks Sofia in the house and refuses to let her leave until she provides some rationale for the break-up, turning their alleged carefree holiday into a mess of games, fights, laughs and introspection. Is Nikos ever going to get the answers he was looking for? Is Sofia ever going to be able to explain why they broke up? Afterlov is a funny, poignant and scathing post-love story between two people who refuse to grow up.

2016 – Greece – 94 minutes – Greek – Feature/ Comedy

Original title: Άφτερλωβ

Directed by: Stergios Paschos
Written by: Stergios Paschos, in collaboration with Haris Fragoulis and Iro Bezou
Cinematography: Christos Kapalos
Edited by: Stamos Dimitropoulos
Cast: Haris Fragoulis, Iro Bezou
Producer: Phaedra Vokali
Executive producer: Theodora Valenti
Co-producers: Stergios Paschos, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos

Produced by: Marni Films
Co-produced by: Ert, 2|35, Faliro House Productions

Locarno IFF – Youth Jury Award in Cineasti del Presente competition
Sao Paolo IFF
Scanorama FF

Thessaloniki IFF – Best Artistic Achievement Award &  Special Mention for Haris Fragoulis
Festival International du Film d’ Amour de Mons – Le Prix Cineuropa
European Union FF
Lucca FF Europacinema
Istanbul IFF

Godless

In a remote Bulgarian town, Gana looks after the elderly with dementia, while trafficking their ID cards on the black market of identity theft. At home, she provides for her jobless mother, with whom she hardly speaks. Her relationship with her car-mechanic boyfriend is no shelter for love either – with sexual attraction vanished, intimacy is reduced to an addiction to morphine. Nothing seems to have consequences on the nurse’s conscience, even the incidental murder of a patient, who threatens to expose her fraudulent dealings. Things start to shake up, when Gana hears the music of Yoan, a new patient, whose ID card she has trafficked. A growing empathy for the old man unlocks Gana’s drugged-up conscience, and she is ready for change. But when Yoan is arrested for fraud, she learns that doing ‘the right thing’ comes at a high price.

2016 – Bulgaria, Denmark, France – 99 minutes – Bulgarian – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Bezbog

Directed by: Ralitza Petrova
Written by: Ralitza Petrova
Cinematography by: Krum Rodriguez b.a.c., Cgayse Irvin c.s.c.
Editing by: Donka Ivanova, Ralitza Petrova
Cast: Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Alexandr Triffonov, Dimitar Petkov
Producer: Rossitsa Valkanova
Co-producers: Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney, Philippe Akoka
Executive producer: Russi Lutzkanov

Produced by: Klas FIlm, Snowglobe, Alcatraz Films, Film Factory
In association with: Aporia Filmworks
Supported by: Eurimages, Bulgarian National Film Centre, Torino Film Lab, Danish Film Institute

  • Locarno IFF | Golden Leopard. Best Actress. Boccalino d’Oro Independent Critics Award for Best Director, Ecumenical Prize
  • Sarajevo IFF | Special Jury Award, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress
  • Toronto IFF
  • Batumi IFF | Best Film Director
  • Reykjavic IFF | Golden Puffin for Best Film
  • Hamburg IFF
  • Busan IFF
  • CinEast FF
  • Warsaw IFF | Fipresci Award
  • Philipines IFF
  • Tofifest IFF
  • Mumbai IFF | Silver Gateway Award
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Molodist IFF
  • CPH PIX IFF | New Talent Grand PIX
  • South Western IFF
  • Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo | A SECAN Best Film
  • Thessaloniki IFF
  • Stockholm IFF | Best Film & Best Actress
  • Free Zone Film Festival
  • AFI Fest
  • Kolkota IFF
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF
  • Bilbao Zinebi FF
  • Torino IFF
  • iffi Goa
  • Brisbane Asia Pacific FF
  • Tblisi IFF
  • Pune IFF
  • Tromso
  • Angers Premiers Plans IFF
  • Santa Barbara IFF
  • Bengaluru International Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
  • IFF Febiofest Bratislava
  • A l’Est du Nouveau | Grand Jury Prize
  • Chicago Annual European Union Film Festival
  • L’Europe autour de l’Europe | Prix Sauvage
  • Febio Fest
  • Balkan Days in Munich
  • International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Instanbul IFF
  • Dortmund|Cologne Int. Women’s Film Festival
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Minneapolis St. Paul IFF
  • Balkan Trafik! Festival
  • Linz Crossing Europe
  • Visionar Film Festival
  • Sehsüchte International Student FF
  • Cyprus Film Days IFF
  • Barcelona D’A FF
  • Kino Visegrad
  • International Eskisehir Film Festival
  • Neisse FF
  • Visions socials FF Cannes
  • AI Este de Lima
  • Oslo Pix FF
  • NOVOS CINEMAS Pontevedra International Film Festival
  • Jerusalem IFF
  • PriFest
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Quito
  • Central European Film Festival
  • Helsinki IFF
  • Rencontres Films Femmes Méditerranée
  • Arthouse Theater De Spiegel
  • Women Make Waves FF
  • Guwahati International Film Festival
  • Rendezvous with Madness
  • European Film Festival Segovia (MUCES)
  • Beginning IFF | Best Film
  • ARTE Kino FF
  • Bulgarian Cultural institute screenings
  • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival
  • Cyprus Film Days
  • Transilvania IFF
  • La Rochelle FF

Depth Two

“Depth Two” is a documentary thriller about a mass grave in the suburbs of Belgrade. A combination of spoken testimonies and images of the places where the crimes happened 17 years ago. The film’s hypnotic and meditative style speaks directly to the emotions of the audience, in an attempt to uncover and give a voice to the stories, that were intentionally buried in silence.

2016 – Serbia, France – 80 minutes – Serbian, Albanian – Documentary

Original title: Dubina Dva

Directed by: Ognjen Glavonić
Written by: Ognjen Glavonić
Cinematography by: Tatjana Krstevski
Editor: Jelena Maksimović

Producers: Dragana Jovović, Sandra Orlović
Co-producer: Sophie Erbs

Produced by: Non-Aligned Films, Serbia & Humanitarian Law Center, Serbia
Co-produced by: Cinéma Defacto, France

  • Berlin IFF (world premiere)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary IFF
  • GoEast IFF
  • Docaviv
  • OpenCity Doc Fest | Grand Jury Award
  • ArtFilm Fest
  • Atlantida IFF | Critics’ Award
  • Lima Independiente FF
  • Five Lakes Film Festival
  • DMZ Docs
  • Message 2 Man FF | Grand prix
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Cineast Film Fest
  • Inconvenient Films Human Rights IFF | Special Jury Mention
  • Astra Documentary FF
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Jihlava IFF
  • Kasselerdokfest | Golden Key award
  • Iffi Goa
  • Festival dei Popoli | Best Feature Film
  • San Cristobal Film Festival
  • First Look MoMi
  • Pune IFF
  • Columbia Uni
  • Angers IFF Premiers Plans
  • Balkan Florence Express
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
  • Sarajevo sur Seine
  • Balkan Days in Munich
  • AmDocs
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Linz Crossing Europe
  • fest Munich
  • Ethnocineca
  • DocsBarcelona
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Politico
  • Nancy International FF | Grand prix
  • International Human Rights FF in Albania
  • AegeanDocs
  • Budapest International Documentary Festival | “You’re Responsible” section main award
  • Visions du Reel
  • Les États généraux du Film Documentaire

Hotel Dallas

In communist Romania in the 1980s the US television series Dallas provided the only window on the capitalist world and at the time it seemed as if all of Romania’s population were glued to their TV screens. Ilie and his daughter Livia are also great fans of the series. Livia’s father Ilie sees in the figure of ruthless oil tycoon J. R. Ewing the perfect role model for his own devious dealings, while Livia falls in love with actor Patrick Duffy who plays Bobby Ewing. After the collapse of the socialist system Ilie builds Hotel Dallas – and subsequently uses it to embezzle millions in taxes. Livia however finds herself drawn to the land of freedom and moves to the USA. Years later she decides to return to her native land: she wants to take her teenage heartthrob Duffy on an odyssey across Romania to show him just how ‘Dallas capitalism’ has left its mark on this post-communist country.

2016 – Romania, USA – 75 minutes – Romanian, English- Documentary

Directed by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Written by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Cinematography: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Edited by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Cast: Livia Ungur, Razvan Doroftei, Sonia Chihaia, Maria Croitoru, Serena Sgardea

Producers: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang

  • Berlin IFF (world premiere)
  • Dallas IFF
  • Hot Docs
  • Maryland IFF
  • Docs Against Gravity
  • Docaviv
  • Valletta IFF
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Vukovar IFF
  • Raindance IFF
  • Valladolid Seminci IFF
  • Exgroud Wiesbaden FF
  • Mirror Mountain FF
  • Bergamo Film Meeting IFF
  • International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires
  • Romanian Cultural Instiitute Cinematheque/ London

Babai

Ten-year old Nori and his father Gezim earn their living by selling cigarettes in pre-war Kosovo of the nineties. Gezim will hear nothing of Nori’s mother. He is an expert at escaping the past and now he wants to flee Kosovo, without Nori. But the boy tries everything in his means to prevent his dad from leaving. An accident results. The shocked father takes Nori to the hospital. When Nori gets out, his father is gone. Angry, yet determined Nori sets out on a perilous journey and indeed finds his father in Germany. With the persistence only a child can have, he confronts his father with leaving him behind.

2015 – Germany, Republic of Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, France – 103 minutes – Albanian – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Babai

Directed by: Visar Morina
Written by: Visar Morina
Cinematography: Matteo Cocco
Edited by:  Stefan Stabenow
Cast: Val Maloku (Nori), Astrit Kabashi (Gezim),  Adriana Matoshi (Valentina), Enver Petrovci (Adem),  Xhevdet Jashari (Bedri), Alban Ukaj (Smuggler)
Producer: Nicole Gerhards
Co-producer: Visar Krusha, Tomi Salkovski, Xénia Maingot

Produced by: NiKo Film (GER), Produksioni Krusha (KOS), Skopje Film Studio (MK),  Eaux Vives Productions (FR)
Supported by: Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, Kosova Cinematography Center, Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, Nordmedia, Macedonian Film Fund, Cinéma du Monde CNC

 

  • Filmfest München | German Cinema New Talent Awards for Director, German Cinema New Talent Awards for Screenplay, German Cinema New Talent Awards for Actors, One Future Price, Prizes Overcoming Borders (world premiere)
  • Karlovy Vary FF | Best Director Award, Europe Cinemas Label Award
  • Motovun FF
  • Avvantura FF Zadar | Best Actor
  • Helsinki IFF
  • Reykjavik IFF
  • Haifa IFF
  • Busan IFF
  • BFI London
  • Hamptons IFF
  • CineEast | Special Jury Prize
  • Film Fest Gent
  • Adelaide IFF
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Thessaloniki
  • Tous Ecrans Geneva
  • Seville European FF
  • Cairo IFF
  • Bratislava IFF
  • Talinn IFF
  • Camerimage
  • Goa IFF
  • Panorama of European Cinema | Audience Prize
  • Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles | Prix Cineuropa
  • Marrakech IFF | Special Jury Prize
  • Palm Springs IFF
  • Trieste IFF
  • Göteborg IFF
  • Florence Balkan Express
  • Sofia IFF
  • Hong-Kong IFF
  • Cleveland IFF
  • Minneapolis St Paul IFF
  • Stockholm IFF Junior FF
  • Crossing Europe Linz
  • SEE Fest South East European Film Festival L.A.
  • Seoul IFF Agape
  • Miredita, Dobar Dan
  • Santander IFF
  • Scanorama European Film Forum
  • Calgary European FF
  • Eastern Neighbours Film Festival
  • The Beginning FF
  • Bengaluru International film festival
  • International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults
  • Diaspora Film Festival
  • International Children’s Film Festival India

Why Me?

Cristian, a young idealistic prosecutor whose career is on the rise, tries to crack a case against a senior colleague accused of corruption. The dilemma of choosing between his career and the truth weighs heavily on his shoulders. Looking further to solve the case, he enters a danger zone paved with unexpected and painful revelations.

2015 – Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary – 130 minutes – Romanian – Feature/ Psychological-political drama

Original title: De Ce Eu?

Directed by: Tudor Giurgiu
Written by: Loredana Novak, Tudor Giurgiu
Cinematography: Marius Panduru, RSC
Edited by: Lemhenyi Reka
Cast: Emilian Oprea, Mihai Constantin, Andreea Vasile, Dan Condurache, Liviu PINTILEASA, Mihai Smarandache, Lucretia Mandric, Sore Mihalache, Ionut Caras, Virgil Ogasanu
Producer: Oana Giurgiu
Co-producer: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Maria Metodieva, Vagasi Emoke 

Produced by: Libra Film
Co-produced by: Hai-Hui Entertainment, Chouchkov Brothers, Cor Leonis Films
Supported by: 
Romanian National Film Center, Bulgarian National Film Center, Eurimages, MEDIA Program and SEE Cinema Network, with the participation of HBO Romania

  • Berlinale International Film Festival
  • Sofia International Film Festival | Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics award for Best Film in the Balkan Competition
  • Vilnius Film Festival
  • Festival du Film Policier de Beaune
  • Go East – Festival of Eastern European Film Wiesbaden
  • Festival du Film Policier de Liege
  • TarkovskyFest | Special Mention for Highly Professional Work with Actors’ Ensemble
  • ArtFilm Fest
  • Odessa International Film Festival
  • Motovun IFF
  • Festival des Films du Monde Montreal
  • Cambridge IFF
  • Helsinki FF
  • Haifa IFF
  • Warsaw IFF
  • Chicago IFF
  • Crime& Punishment FF
  • Viennale IFF
  • Seminci Valladolid
  • Arras IFF
  • Cairo IFF
  • Camerimage
  • International Film Festival of India, Goa
  • MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Romanian Film Festival/ London
  • Chennai IFF
  • Palm Springs IFF
  • Trieste IFF
  • Black Movie FF
  • Dublin IFF
  • Cleveland IFF
  • Prishtina IFF
  • SEE Fest South East European Film Festival L.A.
  • Suspense FF
  • Chennai IFF

Forever

Costas is an engine driver. Anna is a passenger who takes the same train to work every day.

Costas and Anna are two lonely people living in Athens, a city which is dying for lack of love.

Costas is secretly in love with Anna. She has no idea. Until the day when Costas decides to take that decisive step: to approach Anna and to reach out to life and love. At first, Anna resists, but in the end she decides to surrender to her own need for ever-lasting love.

These two lonely people will meet in a desolate city, at the dawn of a bright new day.

2014 – Greece – 87 minutes – Greek – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Για Πάντα

Directed by: Margarita Manda
Written by: Margarita Manda
Cinematography: Kostis Ghikas, GSC
Edited by: Aggela Despotidou
Cast: Anna Mascha, Kostas Filippoglou
Producers: Kostas Kefalas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Costas Lambropoulos, Margarita Manda
Executive Producer: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos

Produced by: Faliro House

  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival (world premiere)
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Cairo International Film Festival | Silver Pyramid award for Best Director
  • Olhares do Mediterrâneo
  • Shanghai International Film Festival
  • La Rochelle Film Festival
  • Galway Film Festival
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • NYC Greek Film Festival
  • Greek Film Festival Australia
  • Mumbai IFF
  • Rencontres des Cinemas d’Europe – Aubenas
  • Exground IFF
  • Chennai IFF
  • Quinzaine du Cinema Grec
  • National Gallery of Art Washington
  • Biblioteca Alexandrina Art Center
  • Petaluma Film Festival
  • Hellas Filmbox Berlin
  • Cineclub Hellenique de Luxembourg
  • Presentation of the modern Greek cinematography in Skopje
  • Greek Film Week Munich

The Sky Above Us

The Sky Above Us is an authentic, contemporary drama about the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. Ana, Sloba and Bojan: three different people, three different ways of hanging onto normal life in the most difficult of situations. The NATO bombings took place 15 years ago. Unfortunately still today similar wars continue to shake and divide Europe and the world. When will there finally be peace?
 Every day Ana, Sloba and Bojan put their lives at great risk just by going to work. Their jobs are in, or next to, the national television building in Belgrade, which has become a strategic target for NATO and their attacks. All three force themselves to deal with the fear in order to hold on to their ordinary lives. But “ordinary” ceased to exist some time ago.
Every night Belgrade transforms from a vibrant city into a military target. While the bombs fall from the sky above, Ana, Bojan and Sloba struggle with the question: How can I survive and stay sane in this insane world?

2015 – Netherlands, Serbia – 97 minutes – Serbian – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Nebo iznad nas

Directed by: Marinus Groothof
Written by: Marinus Groothof
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
Edited by: Alain Dessauvage
Cast: Nada Šargin, Boris Isaković, Nikola Rakočević
Producer: Sander Verdonk, Denis Wigman

Produced by: CTM Pictures
Co-produced by: Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Art & Popcorn (Serbia), Heretic (Greece)

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Jeonju International Film Fest
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Anonimul
  • Avvantura Film Festival Zadar
  • Cambridge IFF
  • Jagran IFF
  • Braunschweig IFF
  • Cottbus IFF
  • Thessaloniki IFF
  • Camerimage
  • Rencontres des Cinemas d’Europe – Aubenas
  • Chennai IFF