Greek films and projects @ Cannes

cinepivates May 5, 2017 0

Yorgos Lanthimos’ returnes to Cannes with his new project “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, two years after “The Lobster” that won jury prize. The film participates in the competition section of the festival.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is the second english language film by Lanthimos’ and together with Efthimis Filippou they wrote the script. In the film we see Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone. The film’s inspiration comes from a tragedy by Euripides and the main character is a surgeon that tries to bring to his family a young man and that will upset his ideal life.


The franco-greek production Djam, the new film by french director Tony Gatlif will be screened on the Festival.


The film has greek color and it is inspired by greek history and rebetiko music. The screening of Djam will take place in Cinéma de la Plage and there will be a live concert with music from the film.

Djam is a young greek girl that travels in Constantinople when her uncle sends her to bring him some component that will fix his broken boat. Djam will meet Avril, a young broke french woman that travelled to Turkey in order to work in a non-goverment organization. Djam will take Avril under her wing and together they will travel in Mitilini, finding on the way music and hope.

In the film stars the greek Shooting Star 2016 Dapne Patakia (Interruption), together with Maryne Cayon and Simon Abkarian. The biggest part of the shooting took place in Greece: Mitilini, Kastanies, Didimotixo, Ofrinio and Komotini.

Short Films travel to Cannes

The short film Copa – Loca by Christos Massalas will be screened in the section The Directors’ fortnight. It is Massalas’ fourth short film, produceb by him and Heretic.

Copa-Loca is an abandoned resort. Polina is in the center of it. Everyone cares about her and she cares about everyone -in every possible way.


In the competition section for short films, we find the film A Drowning Man by Danish-palestinian director Mahdi Fleifel. The film is a british-greek co-production. In the film we see a boy, alone and far from home, that in an unknown city tries to find a way to live.

In Short Film Corner, we find the greek films Yapi, A job interview, The penal colony, Whale 52, Aenigma, Skin, January: The boy who wouldn’t let his hair long, Swallows.

This year, for the first time  5 films at the stage of works in progress will participate in the “Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes” event which will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd, during the Marché du Film of the 70th Festival de Cannes (May 17 – 28, 2017).


The five films are:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Fiction, 85’, 2017 – Greece, France, Cyprus, Germany)
Director-Writer: Christos Georgiou

POLYXENI (Fiction, 100’, 2017 – Greece)
Director-Writer: Dora Masklavanou

VIRUS (Fiction, 120’, 2017 – Greece, France, Latvia)
Director: Angelos Frantzis, Writers: Angelos Frantzis, Spyros Krimbalis
The film won the 2|35 award for post-production services at the Agora Industry’s Crossroads
Co-production Forum of the 52nd Thessaloniki IFF.

DOLPHIN MAN (Documentary, 87’, 2017 – Greece, France, Canada, Japan, Italy)
Director: Lefteris Charitos, Writers: Yuri Averof, Lefteris Charitos

ΛΠ (Documentary, 70’, 2017 – Greece)
Director-Writer: Cristo Petrou

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