Little England
Original Title: Mikra Anglia
Drama, Romance, Feature
English subtitles


 
Director:Pantelis Voulgaris
Writer:Ioanna Karystiani Voulgaris’ wife, screenplay based on her own novel
Cast:Pinelopi Tsilika as Orsa, Sofia Kokkali as Moscha, Anneza Papadopoulou, Andreas Konstantinou as Spyros, Maximos Moumouris, Vasilis Vasilakis, Christos Kalavrouzos, Eirini Igglesi
Music:Katerina Polemi
Cinematography:Simos Sarketzis
Costume designer:Youla Zaeopoulou
Producer:Yiannis Iakovidis
 

Little England A house. A secret. One man. Two sisters.
The story itself is quiet complex and intriguing: set in the 1930s and 1940s, it is about the love affair of two sisters with the same man, within the provincial society on the island of Andros (affectionately called ‘Little England’, as its small society imitated to social organisation of the mighty English naval empire).
Their mother (Aneza Papadopoulou), the viper, as she is called, decides, for reasons of financial security, to marry the second daughter Moscha (Sophia Kokkali) with the man that the first is in love with (Andreas Konstantinou) and the first Orsa (Penelope Tsilika) with a powerful and wealthy shipowner (Maximos Moumouris). After her decision, the house, which was built by herself and her husband who is travelling for years in distant countries, becomes the haunted place of a bizarre and tense coexistence. The secret love remains secret until Moscha’s husband is killed during the Second World War in the most explosive moment of the film. Orsa’s mental state disintegrates, while later her letters to her first love are discovered and explain to her sister and her own family how it happened.

Ένα σπίτι, ένα μυστικό, ένας άνδρας, δύο αδελφές.
Η 20χρονη Όρσα (Πηνελόπη Τσιλίκα) είναι παράφορα ερωτευμένη με τον υποπλοίαρχο Σπύρο Μαλταμπέ (Ανδρέας Κωνσταντίνου). Κλειστός χαρακτήρας δεν αποκαλύπτει το μυστικό της σε κανέναν. Η μικρότερη αδελφή της, Μόσχα (Σοφία Κόκκαλη), δυναμική και γεμάτη όνειρα θέλει να φύγει από την Άνδρο, να αποδράσει από τη μοίρα των γυναικών του νησιού να παντρεύονται ναυτικούς που όλο λείπουν ή θαλασσοπνίγονται.
Για τη μητέρα τους, Μίνα (Αννέζα Παπαδοπούλου), σύζυγο καπετάνιου που προτιμά το Ατλαντικό Σουφ από το σπίτι του, ο έρωτας είναι κακός μπελάς και πόνος. Παρακάμπτοντας τα αισθήματα των κοριτσιών της, συνωμοτεί, αξιοποιεί γνωρισμίες και τις παντρεύει με γνώμονα το συμφέρον. Την Όρσα με τον πλοιοκτήτη και καπετάνιο Νίκο Βατοκούζη (Μάξιμος Μπουμούρης) και λίγο αργότερα τη Μόσχα με τον καπετάνιο πλέον Σπύρο. Άθελά της ναρκοθετεί το ίδιο της το σπιτικό. Το διώροφο που έχτισε με τα εμβάσματα του άντρα της. Στο κάτω σπίτι η Όρσα. Στο πάνω η Μόσχα.

Awards:
The film won six awards at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Won best director and best actress Best Feature Film at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival. Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th American Film Academy Awards. The film closed the 2014 Cairo International Film Festival. Little England is the official submission on behalf of the country, for the 87th Academy Awards, scheduled to take place on February 22nd 2015 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Biography:
Pantelis Voulgaris born 2 October 1940, is a Greek film director and screenwriter. His first feature film To proxenio tis Annas in 1972 won the first prize in Thessaloniki International Film Festival. His 1989 film The Striker with Number 9 was entered into the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. Two years later, his film Quiet Days in August was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival. In 2005 his film Brides was entered into the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.

Filmography:
To proxenio tis Annas (1972), Happy Day (1977), Eleftherios Venizelos (1980), Stone Years (1985), The Striker with Number 9 (1989), Quiet Days in August (1991), Akropol (1995), It’s a Long Road (1998), Nyfes (2004), Psyche Vathia (Soul Deep) (2009), Mikra Anglia (Little England) (2013).


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