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Strong Greek participation in the International Film Festival in Berlin

21 January 2013 / 20:01:08  GRReporter
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Four Greek films will participate in the 63rd edition of the International Film Festival in Berlin, which will be held from 7 to 17 February.

The films will participate in the Festival's Forum, whose theme this year is related to the social protests and the efforts of modern societies to find their pillars.

"The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas"

The list of the 41 films which will participate in the forum includes the full-length film by Elina Psikou, "The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas." Last year, it came in first place in the "Work in Progress" section of the Film Festival in Karlovy Vary.

The film is a peculiar commentary on the current situation in Greece. The main character is a television presenter, who is trying to revive his fading glory by staging his own kidnapping and hiding in a deserted luxury hotel. From his comfortable hiding place, he is following the developments connected with his "kidnapping." Christos Stergioglou performs the character and Maria Kalimani, George Soukses, Theodora Tzimou, Silas Tzoumerkas, Lena Iaka and Vassilis Dimitroulias are also starring.


This is the third full-length film by Thanos Anastopoulos. He refers to the crisis of moral values ​​in a suffering Greece through the story of a 14-year-old girl.

The story goes as follows: A 14-year-old girl decides to kidnap the 8-year-old son of the partner of her father, when he suddenly decides to disappear in order to hide from his lenders. She believes that her father’s partner is to blame for his disappearance and so she will do anything to find him. The main element of the film is the relationship between the girl and the boy, which takes place in a woodshed, where she keeps him like in a jail.


Harris Patramanis’ first film presents the story of a construction entrepreneur who is on the verge of bankruptcy. He leaves with his wife for a rich place, which is far away from civilisation, his aim being to enter into an agreement, which is his last attempt to save himself from bankruptcy. In the end, however, what shines through the glass walls of his home, where six lives intertwine, is that the meaning is not in money, but in man.

The word "Fynbos" indicates abundant shrubs in South Africa, especially in the region of Western Cape, which is famous for its wild beauty. Jessica Haynes, Warrick Grier, Susan Danforth, John Herbert, Kara Roberts and Chad Phillips star in the film.

"To the Wolf"

In the film by Christina Koutsospyrou and the British Aaron Hughes, the interweaving of feature films and documentaries aims to use allegorical images to express a comment on the poverty, which is spreading in the core of Europe.

The film presents four days in the life of a village in the northern region of Nafpaktos whose inhabitants are trying to survive in very harsh weather conditions and poverty in a province in times of crisis. The actors in the film are the people of the village themselves.

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