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Tassos Boulmetis "1968"

A.E.K. an underdog Greek basketball team founded in 1924 from refugees from Constantinople, after 50 years beats SLAVIA of Prague and wins the European Cup.

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Marios Piperides "SMUGGLING HENDRIX"

Yiannis, a faded musician who is about to leave Cyprus for a better life abroad, sees his plans turned upside down when his dog runs away and crosses the Buffer Zone that separates the "Greek South" from the "Turkish North". Can he smuggle him back in?

CREDITS

Directed byMarios Piperides
ScreenplayMarios Piperides
CinematographyChristian Huck
Sound RecordingJohaness Doberenz
Art DirectorMichalis Samiotis
Costume DesignMaria Karapouliou
MusicKonstantis Papakonstantinou
CastAdam Bousdoukos, Vicky Papadopoulou, Ozgur Karadeniz, Fatih Al
ProductionView Master Films (Greece), Pallas Film GmbH (Germany), A.M.P. Film Works Ltd (Cyprus)
Co-production supportedEurimages Fund, Funding Programme GFC - CNC
 
Currently in post-production
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Dimitrios Yatzouzakis, "O.P.L.A."

A film on the past that Greece and Hungary share.

CREDITS

Directed byDimitrios Yatzouzakis (CV)
ScreenplayDimitrios Yatzouzakis
ProductionView Master Films
Co-productionERT SA (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), Greek Film Centre
 
Currently in pre-production
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Jonathan English "DIAS - THE JAVELIN SQUAD"

Athens, present day: crippled by Greece's economic crisis, the city faces one of the worst crime waves in Europe. Gangs of armed men pour into the country to take advantage of the chaos and a series of violent robberies rocks Greece to its core. To combat the crime wave, a new police motorbike unit is launched, called DIAS. Its specialty is to deploy four heavily armed officers to any crime scene in under one minute.

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Dimitri Vorris "YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE (YOLO)"

A different approach, for a major challenge: breast cancer

What happens when four women suffering from breast cancer occur in the hospital in New York? How they decide to face their lives from now on?

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Panayotis Portokalakis, "INTERROGATION"

InterrogationIs it another story on the Greek Dictatorship? No, not exactly, the film's launching pint is the Junta... but it develops as a story on the adventures of the Body.

CREDITS

Directed byPanayotis Portokalakis (CV)
ScreenplayIlias Maglinis, Panayotis Portokalakis
Head of DevelopmentEffie Skrobola
ProductionView Master Films
ProducersYorgos Kyriakos, Costas Lambropoulos
 
With the supportGreek Film Centre
 
Currently in pre-production
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Alexis Alexiou, "MIDDLE EARTH"

What does Lena listen to on her tiny voice recorder when she's out jogging? Who's that calling Middle Earth? How do you tell a big lie? Where the hell's Modesto? How long has it been since Tasos had a holiday? Does Jesus save, when push comes to shove?

Lena, 43 with a little extra padding, runs on the roads of Mesogia amidst trucks and warehouses, dried-up palm trees and abandoned building sites. She gives private lessons to high school kids and is trying to put some money to one side. In her free time, she goes to weddings and eats at a family taverna. Every now and again, she tries a bit of sex in an abandoned drive-in cinema with Pantelis, a local DJ and bar owner who's stuck in the Eighties. She drives an old Zastava that's always breaking down and she suffers from panic attacks. Which might be why she runs, and why the earphones never leave her ears when she does.

Angelos is a 15 years old teenager who lives in Mesogia. He rides a fancy bicycle around and has a really bad attitude. He's aggressive and brutally defends a kid who's being bullied at school. He puts his life at risk running across the Athens ring road. He climbs to the top of an empty billboard and shouts "Jesus Saves!" The only thing coming between him and his recklessness is his father, Tasos, 50 years of age.

Lena's everyday routine is interrupted when her mother dies. Returning to Evia and her childhood home in Psachna for the funeral, Lena finds a relic from the past among the dead woman's things. It's an exercise book that belonged to Michalis, her 12 year-old son who was found dead three years ago. On its last page, Lena finds something that could be enough to get the case re-opened. Back in Mesogia, she goes to the local police station and asks to see the officer in charge, but he's busy clearing a field of the families who've parked their trailers there and call it home. She visits the church hall where her son's body was found, and follows Angelos and his mother around as they go about their lives. No one believes in what's she's doing. Like her lawyer explains, it's too late to prove anything now.

But Lena's preparations are underway. She's exercising regularly now. She knows what she has to do. Lefteris, 22 years old, an old student of hers who's joined the police force, will help her figure a few things out. And when it becomes clear this isn't going to be enough, Lena will finally take the situation into her own hands...

CREDITS

Directed byAlexis Alexiou (CV)
ScreenplayAlexis Alexiou, Julia Wall Nickles
ProductionView Master Films
Co-productionTwenty Twenty Vision (Germany), Senorita Films (France)
 
With the supportFunding Programme GFC - CNC, MEDIA programme of the European Union
 
Currently in development
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Olga Malea, "THE MAKING OF MARIA"

The inspiring tale (TV series – 10 episodes) of the transformation of Maria Callas from an ugly duckling to a star, taking place during the 2nd World War.

CREDITS

Directed byOlga Malea (CV)
ScreenplayOlga Malea
ProductionView Master Films
Co-productionTV60Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany)
 
Currently in development
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Antonis Glaros, "SEA OF LOVE"

Refugees of the past and present time meet in the Mediterranean Sea, a sea that divides but mainly binds us together.

CREDITS

Directed byAntonis Glaros (CV)
ScreenplayPanagiota Anastasopoulou, Antonis Glaros
 
Currently in development
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Michael A. Nickles, "ABOUT TIME"

Miltos Kavanas is in his early forties but still lives with his parents in their small Greek village. Daily life has a predictable routine: Miltos cooks and cares for his debilitated father, listens to his mother complain, and drives a taxi at night. Time is ticking, and life is passing him by. Until--

Hollywood arrives. Miltos' cousin Kia is working on a film being shot on the island. The entire village is excited to be part of it, and many of them work as extras. Miltos is given a job as the personal driver for the film's young star Lily Greenwell.

Lily is a beautiful ingénue in her early twenties. She's been a star since she was a small child and always travels with her manager/mother Vivian. Lily is at a turning point in her young life - unbeknownst to her mother, she wants to quit acting and go to college. This may be her last film.

The film shooting on the island - FORGET ME NOT - is a romantic comedy set in 1962. Lily's character Janet and her fiancé Dimitri have "eloped" to the island to get married. An accident occurs and Janet is knocked unconscious. She awakens to discover that she's lost her memory - she doesn't recognize Dimitri and has no recollection of arriving on the island. To the dismay of Dimitri and his entire family, the wedding is called off.

The film-within-our-film is being directed by a very high-strung director, Brad Moore. In a fit of panicky rage, Brad fires his choreographer. There is no one to teach Lily the dance sequences needed to complete the film. These include several difficult Greek dances and a romantic waltz.

Miltos Kavanas is the best dancer on the island. His father once held that title, but Parkinson's Disease has taken that away from him. Now he can barely stand or walk without Miltos' assistance. When the film production seeks a replacement for their choreographer, Miltos is asked to step into the position. At first Miltos resists - he has no time. Caring for his parents is, in essence, a full-time job. But after some needling and cajoling, he is persuaded and begins teaching Lily how to dance. During these lessons Miltos and Lily forge an unusual friendship. Through dance, Miltos guides Lily toward becoming her own person. He reveals the underlying depth and beauty behind the traditional Greek dances. A Greek, he says, dances "as the person he thinks he is and the one he wants to become." Lily takes his teachings to heart and begins building the confidence she will need to stand up to her mother and live her own life.

Meanwhile, Miltos is struggling under the weight of his own family. Caring for his parents has forced him to put his own life on hold, including his love life. He secretly harbors a crush on his optometrist - a beautiful Swedish expat named Georgina. For years he's pretended that his eyesight is terrible, all for the chance to spend a little time in her presence.

As the making of the film and Miltos' dance lessons continue, we follow BOTH stories: the intersecting BEHIND-THE-SCENES lives of Miltos and Lily AND the romantic-comedy plot of FORGET ME NOT, the movie-within-the-movie. Both stories enhance and reflect upon each other.

As the shooting continues, both Miltos and Lily find their lives changed dramatically. Lily discovers that her dream has come true - she has been accepted into an excellent university, and Miltos' father takes a sudden turn for the worse... Both Lily and Miltos must face their families to deal with their respective news. Eventually, in the film-within-the-film, Lily's character Janet regains her memory and reconnects with her fiancé. The wedding is back on! The wedding is a beautiful, traditional Greek ceremony with a huge reception in the central square. The entire village is invited - playing themselves as extras at the wedding - including Miltos, his family and...Georgina. The wedding reception segues into a wrap party for the film, and our two storylines finally merge.

Through their unlikely friendship, Mlitos and Lily are able to find the strength within themselves to change the course of their lives for the better.

The film plot concludes with Miltos dancing alone on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea - a tribute to his father, his heritage, and his own newfound freedom.

CREDITS

Directed byMichael A. Nickles (CV)
ScreenplayMichael A. Nickles, Julia Wall Nickles
ProductionView Master Films
 
Currently in development
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Daphne Charizani, "FRIENDLY FIRE"

The story of a determined, confident, strong woman who wants to come to terms with her past and at the same time sets out to accomplish great things. She chooses a way that is foredoomed to fail but grants her a whole new set of perspectives.

CREDITS

Directed byDaphne Charizani (CV)
ScreenplayDaphne Charizani
ProductionView Master Films
Co-productionZDF, The Match Factory Productions, Twenty Twenty Vision, Pallas Films
 
Currently in development
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Feature film "MIKIS, A LIFE IN MUSIC"

The film explores the extraordinary story of a composer and of a revolutionary personality, who through a superhuman resilience, through his unquenchable thirst to always test his boundaries and most of all through his music, became the most important influential Greek alive today.

CREDITS

ScreenplayAspa Kalliani, based on an idea by Nicholas Papandreou
ProductionCL Productions
Development supportedMEDIA Programme
 
Currently in development
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Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, "ΚILA"

KilaDaniel, a juvenile delinquent from Germany, is packed off to a correctional facility in Greece in order to serve his time. At Kila, an abandoned village near the Turkish border, he will come face-to-face with a completely unfamiliar (to him, at least) environment.

In a failed attempt to escape, he will meet Nidal, a 7-year-old undocumented immigrant from Syria. Daniel brings Nidal back to Kila with him, temporarily sheltering him in one of the vacant houses in the village. When he finds out that Nidal's parents, along with few other immigrants, drowned in an attempt to cross the Greek border, Daniel will take him under his wing.

Little by little, his attentions become stifling and the child's life is put in danger. At the same time, Daniel's fear of other people and his unconscious need to feel protected and cared for rise to the surface.

Things take a dramatic turn, until Daniel finally realizes he's got a tough decision to make...

Read the leaflet (PDF, 914 KB) of the film.

CREDITS

Directed byDimitris Koutsiabasakos (CV)
ScreenplayGlykeria Patramani, Dimitris Koutsiabasakos
Head of DevelopmentEffie Skrobola
ProductionView Master Films
ProducersYorgos Kyriakos, Costas Lambropoulos
 
With the supportGreek Film Centre
 
The project has participated in the MFI Script 2 Film Workshop, in the Thessaloniki Crossroads (Thessaloniki Film Festival 2014) and in the When East Meets West market (Trieste, 2014)
 
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Alexandros Skouras "ELEFSINA"

"As Elias returns to Elefsina to search for his missing brother, he reunites with Stella. Her husband, however, needs her more than ever."

The film consists of three overlapping stories, each of which takes place in a prior plot-period in relation to the previous one.

Alexandros SkourasPORT: Andreas has passively accepted the relationship of his wife Stella with Elias. Not until after the death of his mother, does he realize that he has been left on his own and he decides to keep Stella close at all costs, reaching up to assassinate Elias.

ADVENT: After 10 years of self-exile, Elias returns to Elefsina to look for his missing brother, Makis, despite their poor relations. He manages to become accepted by his social environment and gradually usurps everything he had been deprived for so many years, as the house where he grew up, his brother's family and his former lover Stella. When the possible return of Makis, seems to threaten what he has conquered, his true nature emerges and ends up alone once again.

EXODUS: Makis lives the routine of a factory worker. With the birth of his son he needs to change direction in his life and that's why he tries to become a writer. As soon as his high expectations collapse, he loses control and becomes harmful to those around him. He decides to leave Elefsina, as his older brother had done some years ago, and take resort to Salamis. There he presents himself as a writer, appropriating his brother's identity and spiritual work. Gradually the "borrowed" dream weakens and Makis starts searching for his true identity. He finally returns back to Elefsina hoping for a new beginning.

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • The project participated in the 2015 Thessaloniki Film Festival, Co-Production Forum (Crossroads).
  • Initiative Film, the French consulting company in audiovisual development, represented by Isabelle Fauvel, will offer its services to the project, as an award.

CREDITS

Directed byAlexandros Skouras
ScreenplayAlexandros Skouras
Head of DevelopmentEffie Skrobola
ProductionView Master Films
ProducersYorgos Kyriakos, Costas Lambropoulos
 
With the supportGreek Film Centre
 
Currently in development
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