Kala-a-zar

At the margins of a big city somewhere in the south of Europe, a couple takes care of dead animals and abandoned roadkill as an act to give meaning to their life.

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The Netherlands, Greece

Directed by: Janis Rafa
Written by: Janis Rafa
Cinematography by: Thodoros Mihopoulos GSC
Edited by: TBC
Cast: Penelope Tsilika (Kala), Dimitris Lalos (Azar)
Producer: Digna Sinke
Co-producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas

Produced by: SNG Film
Co-produced by: Heretic
Supported by: Nederlands Filmfonds, Mondriaan Foundation, Greek Film Centre

Almost Morning

(feature / fiction)

Anna and Mattias are two perfect strangers. She is a 40-year-old Greek translator and he is a 70-year-old German pensioner.

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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

In Limbo

Acquitted of a fatal on-duty incident but tormented by its harrowing personal repercussions, a police officer and impending father struggles to piece his uprooted life back together while sent on leave to a holiday resort in Greece.

A film by Jim Süter

Inside

Igor, a man in his forties, finds himself trapped in luxurious art collector’s penthouse in Manhattan.

“Inside” is the survival story of an urban castaway. A man trapped inside his golden cage.

It is a high concept alternative survival tale, an english speaking film with one actor
and shot entirely in one location.

“Inside” examines how we perceive value and identity the same time it talks about what it means to possess things when what matters is survival.

Feature/ Drama

Produced by: Heretic

Novak

A reclusive old scientist leaves his solitary life behind to join a group of young admirers at the cost of his own sanity.

An ageing Serbian neuroscientist lives a reclusive life in Athens, having been branded as a paranoid schizophrenic for his radical research on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on humans. But when, decades later, he is rediscovered by a group of young dreamers who are trying to change the world through his ideas, he decides to quit his medication and join them in their scientific commune, risking his sanity in pursuit of a higher goal.

Feature/ Drama

Produced by: Heretic

Sumendia

After she is diagnosed with cancer, Maria, a middle-aged civil servant from Bilbao, makes one last trip with her best friends to Greece.

Despite the circumstances, the friends are doing their best to have a good time together, even if the holiday often feels like a tourist trap. Prompted by an impulse, they leave their schedule and decide to visit a nearby, small volcanic island.

There, Maria finds beauty, tranquility and eventually the love of her life. Before she knows it, she is forced to decide whether to return to her family in Spain or stay with him on the little island to the end.

Produced by Kinoskopik (Spain) and Heretic (Greece).

Spain, Greece – Spanish, English, Greek

Directed by: Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Written by: Luis Moya Redrado, Koldo Gamboa Gangoiti, Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Cinematography by: Gorka Gómez Andreu
Edited by: Ivan Aledo
Cast: Emma Suárez, Akilas Karazisis, Gaizka Ugarte, Katerina Zafeiropoulou, Kostas Petrou, Antonis Kafetzopoulos
Producers: Javier Arsuaga, Luis Oza
Co-producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Produced by: Kinoskopik Film Produktion SL
Co-produced by: Heretic

The Harvesters

South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to makes this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love.

2018 – France, Greece, Poland, South Africa – 104 minutes – Afrikaneer, English – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Die Stropers

Directed by: Etienne Kallos
Written by: Etienne Kallos
Cinematography: Michal Englerts
Edited by: Muriel Breton
Cast: 
Producers: Sophie Erbs & Tom Dercourt, Thembisa Cochrane & Michael Auret, – Giorgos Karnavas & Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Mariusz Wlodarski

Produced by: Cinéma Defacto, Spier Films, Heretic, Lava Films
Supported by: Centre National Cinematographique, Greek Film Center, Fondation Gan, Polish Film Institute, Eurimages

Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard competition section (world premiere)

“A slow-burning and increasingly suffocating variation on the myth of Cain and Abel, The Harvesters (Die Stropers) is the impressive feature debut from Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Unusual within the annals of its national cinema for its searching examination of the country’s once-dominant, now-dwindling white Afrikaner population, this sternly moving, vividly shot rural drama draws quasi-Biblical resonance from its tale of teenage foster brothers locked in a familial and cultural power struggle on a remote farmstead.” – Variety

“Kallos is undoubtedly a talent to watch.” – Screendaily 

Savage Lamb

Simos, a fifty-year-old Greek biologist, and Musa, a thirty-year-old political refugee from Gambia, meet and fall in love in 2016 Athens.

Two years later, Simos struggles to control the turbulent and possessive relationship with his lover, by opening and closing the door that separates dream from reality. Their relationship becomes a battlefield where history meets desire and loss struggles with love.

Feature/ Drama

Produced by: Heretic

Anna and Phaedra

Anna is a 30 year old actress who strives to be looked at. Phaedra is a 30 year old woman who doesn’t know what it means to look or to be looked at, as she was born blind.When Anna meets Phaedra for the research of her new part, she will be confronted with someone who cannot actually look at her for the first time of her life. The realisation will catapult the two women in a complex web of tension, dynamics and, ultimately, reconciliation.

Greece, Lithuania – Greek – Short/ Drama

Directed by: Elina Panik
Written by: Elina Panik
Cinematography by: Giorgos Karvelas
Edited by:
Cast: Effi Rabsilber (Phaedra), Romanna Lobach (Anna)
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Co-producers: Gabija Siurbyte

Produced by: Heretic
Co-produced by: Dansu Films
Supported by: Greek Film Centre

Birthday Party

Markos Timoleon, an Onassis-like Greek tycoon, is celebrating his daughter’s 25th birthday on his private island. There, he will face an unpredictable chain of events that will threaten his dominance and shake his very existence.

Based on Panos Karnezis’ acclaimed novel, “Birthday Party” is a drama set in the late 70’s world of jet-setters, where glamorous parties meet Greek tragedies and the Great Gatsby meets “Festen”.

Feature/ Drama

Produced by: Heretic
Supported by: MEDIA

λπ

Lena Platonos, a major figure in the Greek music scene who has proven to be ahead of her time in terms of her groundbreaking work in electronica, is now receiving a surge of international attention, thanks to album re-issues and remixes. Both established and up-and-coming artist cite her as a key influence for her experimentations in sound, her eerie lyrics and her unique, uncompromising approach to creating music and art. With the help of collaborators, friends and international musicians of the electronic music scene such as Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and the Red Axes, the film goes back to the time her revolutionary records were made.

2018 – Greece, USA – 75 minutes – Greek, English – Feature/ Documentary

English title: Lambda Pi

Directed by: Cristo Petrou
Cinematography: Giorgos Karvelas
Edited by: Tolis Apostolidis
Producer: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Produced by: Heretic
In co-production with: Greek Film Centre, ERT, Dark Entries Records

  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (world premiere)
  • In-Edit
  • Pop Montreal International Music Festival
  • Kasselerdokfest

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”

The Surface of Things

There is an urban myth in Athens about Errinyos, the ancient underground river, that no one ever saw except four teenage girls in the 1980s at the “neighbourhood of hell”. Today an anthropologist who researches on the myth, locates three of these girls, now in their forties, and their former teacher, and has to face four testimonies on the mysterious appearance of the river. Through extracts of letters, recordings and interviews, they narrate the tragic story which happened thirty years ago and marked their own lives as well as the city’s collective memory.

2017 – Germany, Greece – 85 minutes – Greek, German – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Η Επιφάνεια των Πραγμάτων

Directed by: Nancy Biniadaki
Written by: Nancy Biniadaki (Based on the novel “Four testimonies on the exhumation of the river Errinyos” by Angela Dimitrakaki)
Cinematography: Dionissis Efthymiopoulos
Edited by: Panos Voutsaras
Cast: Themis Bazaka, Maria Kallimani, Maria Skoula, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Rania Ekonomidou, Michael Sideris, Toni Jessen

Producer: Christopher Zitterbart
Co-producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas

Produced by: Watchmen Productions
Co-produced by: Heretic
Supported by: Greek Film Centre, ERT

Screenplay developed through MFI Script 2 Film Workshops. Thessaloniki Film Festival – Agora “Works in Progress”.

My Friend Larry Gus

In 2009 Larry Gus -a “flowertonica” musician, as a journalist has described him-was found via myspace.com from the US based record label DFA, record label of LCD SOUND SYSTEM and SURAHN among others, and was asked to deliver a record for them. Larry left Barcelona and his studies and returned to his village to find peace and dedicate himself to his art.

Sundays

In 2008 Athanasios Avramis- one of the most well-known and respected Greek Orthodox priests in America- suffered a nervous breakdown, coming out of it with the idea that he never should have been a priest.

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Greece, France – English – Documentary

Directed by: Alethea Avramis
Written by: Alethea Avramis
Cinematography by: Alethea Avramis
Edited by: Esther Shubinski
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Co-producer: Mathieu Bompoint

Produced by: Heretic
Co-produced by: Mezzanine Films
Supported by: Greek Film Center

Ikaros

Michalis has a plan and awaits. His father leaves. Now he is alone with a knife, his mother, his sister and his brother.

When I Grow Up

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SYNOPSIS

Forty different children, aged 6 to 9 from all over Greece, share their dreams for their future and what they dream of becoming when they grow up, with their unique sense of optimism, spontaneity and bursting imagination. In only 2′, each child takes us on a journey through its world, life, school, home, family and daily routine in the upbeat, innoscent and funny way of its own. At the same time, the show takes us on a journey all over Greece. From big cities to tiny villages, from picturesque islands to high mountains, we visit all the places where children grow, dream and make plans for their future, in what becomes a lively and joyful portrait of a whole country and its future generation.

Play trailer: Otan_Megaloso_Trailer-01

Click here to watch the episodes (no subtitles).

CREW

Director: Dora Masklavanou, Gregory Rentis

Camera: Claudio Bolivar, Giorgos Karvelas

Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Editing: Dora Masklavanou, Gregory Rentis

Music: Nikos Kypourgos

Line Pruducer: Leda Bouzoukou

Length in Minutes: 2’

Number of episodes: 40
First Broadcast by: NERIT

The Kids Are Alright

The kids are alright is a new music event we launched in 2014 with a focus on electronic music but totally open to any other sound that might fit to the artistic concept of each night.  We showcase international artists we admire but always support local acts from the emerging Greek music scene.So far we have invited the following artists:

 

EROL ALKAN//BUSY P//BREAK BOT//GHOST CULTURE//SHIT ROBOT//SURHAN//MARCUS MARR//TAKO//CHRISTIAN PANNEBOURG//CHEVY//DIMITRI PAPAIOANNOY//ECHOVOLT ROSTER//BΑD SPENCER//BLUE LAGOON//FEVER KIDS/Σtella

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Hungry Mouth

A 26-year-old law student, working as a dog trainer, storms into the world of an upper-class couple, a 55-year-old Professor of Law and his 45-year-old wife; using the basic dog-training principles he leads both of them to a cliffhanger, where they have to face the void of their lives.

The film echoes the basic concept of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Teorema” in a setting that brings Woody Allen’s “Matchpoint” to mind.

Feature/ Drama

Produced by: Heretic
Supported by: MEDIA development

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

The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

Antonis arrives to a hotel resort by the sea. It is winter time the hotel is closed and Antonis drifts around alone. He has a lot of time to kill. Until TV announces the disappearance of the famous anchorman Antonis Paraskevas

Standing Aside, Watching

Grey skies. Farmland. Old depots. An empty station.

A train arrives on the platform. None exits, except for Antigone, a young woman in her 30s. This is Th. a small Greek town, the place Antigone returns after many years of absence.

Antigone is determined to settle in. She goes to the local bar for a drink; she meets friends from the old times; she takes a job as an English teacher; she even finds a boyfriend, Nikos, young, good-looking and naive – the simpler, the better.

Yet Antigone’s search for an unassuming life in Th. turns out to be more complicated than she thought. Life on the streets of Th. is quiet but a surge of violence, discriminations and a collective, unspoken rule of complicity between victims and perpetrators reign.

In Antigone’s last chance to change her fate, will she act or will she stand aside, watching?

Boy Eating the Bird’s Food

A 22-year-old boy in Athens has no job, no money, no girlfriend and no food to eat, but he’s got a canary bird and a beautiful singing voice. When he finds himself without a home, he has to seek a shelter for his bird. And when the bird gets trapped inside the shelter, the boy has to find some help. He has to find someone to confess that he has no job, no money, no girlfriend and no food to eat.

Wasted Youth

Summer in Athens. Heatwave blasts the city. A teenage skateboarder sets out for a normal day with his friends. A middle-aged man struggles with raising his family, a job he dislikes and an impending nervous breakdown. This is a portrait of Athens. A film about a city and a society in crisis. Inspired by true events.