AMERIKA SQUARE
Plateia Amerikis
2016, Greek, English, Arabic - English subtitles
87 minutes.
 
Directed by:Yannis Sakaridis
Cast:Billy - Yannis Stankoglou
Nakos - Makis Papadimitriou
Tarek - Vassilis Kukalani
Tereza - Ksenia Dania
Manolis - Alexandros Logothetis
Nandia - Rea Pediaditaki
Georgia - Themis Bazaka
Stavros - Errikos Litsis
 

SYNOPSIS

A fast paced triptych revealing the opposing forces of humanitarian challenges in Athens today. Nakos, a banal racist, had enough of the thousands of refugees in his neighborhood, Amerika Square in the center of Athens. Tarek, a Syrian ex-Military doctor is looking for a deal to smuggle out of Greece with his daughter. Billy a tattoo artist falls in love with Tereza, an African singer who is also looking for an escape by the sea. The three stories merge when Nako’s malicious acts stop Tereza’s and Tarek’s smuggler Hassan. Their illegal trip is interrupted and they have to find another way out. While time is running out for everyone, Billy steps in to organize the escape.

 

Ο Τάρεκ πρόσφυγας από τη Συρία βρίσκεται με τη δεκάχρονη κόρη του στην Ελλάδα με σκοπό να μεταβεί στη Γερμανία. Με τη βοήθεια του Χασάν, ενός διακινητή μεταναστών, καταστρώνουν το σχέδιο εξόδου από την Ελλάδα με πλαστά διαβατήρια. Ο Μπίλλη ένας rockn› roll σαραντάρης, ιδιοκτήτης μπαρ στην πλατεία Αμερικής, έχει βαλτώσει με τη μοναχική ζωή του. Όταν η Τερέζα, μια μουσικός από την Αφρική, έρχεται να κάνει τατουάζ στο παράνομο τατού studio στο πατάρι του μπαρ, ο Μπίλλη την ερωτεύεται. Η Τερέζα, όμως, προκειμένου να πραγματοποιήσει το όνειρό της αποφασίζει να μεταναστεύσει στη Γαλλία. Ο Νάκος, παλιός φίλος του Μπίλλη, ζει ακόμη με τους γονείς του, μισεί τους ξένους που του έχουν πάρει την πλατεία και θέλει να γίνουν όλα όπως παλιά. Έτσι, καταστρώνει ένα σχέδιο “εξολόθρευσης” μεταναστών. Γίνεται, όμως, ένα μοιραίο λάθος. Το μοιραίο λάθος του Νάκου γίνεται η αφορμή ν› ανατραπούν τα σχέδια της Τερέζας και του Τάρεκ, αλλά και η μοίρα του Μπίλλη.

 

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Yannis Sakaridis’ debut film Wild duck was world premiered in Toronto IFF 2013 and was official competition in festivals such as Busan, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Beijing and Thessaloniki. A veteran film editor has worked mainly in London, on seventeen award winning feature films and on many documentaries for British TV. At the age of 19, he moved to London to study Photography and History of Art at the London College of Printing and Film, at the University of Westminster. He became member of the legendary London Film Makers Co-Op where he started directing experimental short films. After eighteen years in London, he wrote and directed his short film TRUTH, the first one shot in Greece, which won an Honorary Prize at the Greek State Film Awards, a Special Jury Prize and Best Music Award at Drama International Film Festival, and was one of the Tiscali Best Shorts Selection at Raindance Film Festival.
 


Filmography

2016 Amerika square
2013 Wild duck
2006 Truth
 



FESTIVALS

Busan IFF (Flash Forward - audience award candidate) / Chicago IFF (competition) / Kolkata IFF (competition) / Thessaloniki IFF (FIPRESCI award, special mention by the main jury to the actor Vasili Koukalani, special mention by the Youth Jury Awards) / Trieste FF (Erasmus Jury Award) / Hellas Film Box Berlin / Black Movie / Panorama Ellinikou Kinimatografou Paris / Vilnius FF / Cleveland IFF / Festival Intl. du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan / Montreal Greek Film Festival / Istanbul IFF (competition) / Beijing IFF (Audience Award) / LA Greek FF (Best Film) / Ventotene FF (winner Open Frontiers competition) / Burgas IFF (audience award and a special mention by the Jury) / Divan FF / Monterrey FF / Otranto FFF / Intl Human Rights FF a.o.

AWARDS

Thessaloniki IFF (FIPRESCI award, special mention by the main jury to the actor Vasili Koukalani, special mention by the Youth Jury Awards) /Trieste FF (Erasmus Jury Award) /Beijing IFF (Audience Award) / LA Greek FF (Best Film) / Ventotene FF (winner Open Frontiers competition) / Burgas IFF (audience award and a special mention by the Jury)



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