XENIA
Drama,Feature French subtitles. 2014
(Greece, France, Belgium)
134 minutes
 
Director:Panos H.Koutras
Cast:Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia
Writers :Panos H.Koutras, Panagiotis Evangelidis
Image:Helene Louvart (AFC), Simos Sarketzis (GSC)
Editing:Yorgos Lamprinos
Music:Delaney Blue
Production companies:100% Synthetic Films, Wrong Men
Co-production companies:MPM Film, Entre Chien et Loup
 

XENiA follows two young brothers in search of their birth father across the colorful landscape of Greece. Dany, 16, leaves Crete to find his brother Odysseus who lives in Athens and they journey to Thessaloniki where they think their father is living. When the handsome Odysseus isn’t protecting his daydreaming, gay younger brother, he auditions for the television talent show “Greek Star” where he pursues his fantasy of becoming a singing star.

Μετά τον θάνατο της μητέρας τους, δύο αδέλφια, ο Ντάνυ και ο Οδυσσέας, 16 και 18 ετών αντίστοιχα, ταξιδεύουν από τη μια άκρη της Ελλάδας στην άλλη για να εντοπίσουν τον πατέρα τους, που τους εγκατέλειψε πριν χρόνια. Σκοπός τους να εξασφαλίσουν την ελληνική ιθαγένεια αλλά και τη συμμετοχή του ταλαντούχου Οδυσσέα σε έναν διαγωνισμό τραγουδιού στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Στην πορεία, θα αντιμετωπίσουν εχθρούς και φίλους, θα κυνηγήσουν μια καλύτερη ζωή και θα ενηλικιωθούν χωρίς ποτέ να παραιτηθούν από το δικαίωμα να ονειρεύονται.

Biography Panos Koutras
Born in Athens. He studied in London at the “London International Film School” and then in Paris at the “Sorbonne”. From 1985 until 1995 he lived in Paris and London and made several shorts films which participated in festivals such as “The London Film Festival”, “Festival Du Cinema Mediterraneen” where in 1991 the short film “The Fall and Rise of Lydia Von Burer” won the first price. In 1995 he founded in Athens the company “100% Synthetic Films” and started working on his first feature film Attack of the Giant Mousaka, The (2000). His second feature film, Real Life (2004), became a critics’ favorite in Greece (won the National Critics Award in 2004), and traveled to the International Toronto Film Festival. He is now working on his third feature film called Strella.

Awards:
Sélection Officielle – Section Un Certain Regard (Festival de Cannes, 2014)
Section Another View (Festival international du film de Karlovy Vary, 2014)
Section Special Presentations (Festival international du film de Toronto, 2014)
Best Film Hellenic FIlm Academy Award

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