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Colour, 35 mm
Greece, 2010, 111 min
Section: Young Greek Cinema

Directed by: Syllas Tzoumerkas
Script: Syllas Tzoumerkas, Youla Boudali
Dir. of Photography: Pantelis Mantzanas
Music: Drog_A_Tek
Designer: Mayou Trikerioti
Editor: Panos Voutsaras
Producer: Maria Drandaki, Thanos Anastopoulos
Production: Fantasia Audiovisual
Sales: Fantasia Audiovisual
Contakt: Greek Film Centre
Starring: Amalia Moutoussi, Thanos Samaras, Ioanna Tsirigouli, Errikos Litsis, Ieronymos Kaletsanos

About the film

Homeland is an explosive parable of Greece in a state of disintegration, shown through the prism of one family. Tzoumerkas follows a family over three generations amidst political turmoil: growing up in the 50s, then in the post-dictatorship 70s, and finally the current generation. Dysfunctional at best, the characters are torn apart over an internal family adoption that happened 20 years previously. Resentment, secrets, and lies define their relationships. Stergios (Thanos Samaras) is full of hatred; his mother Gena (Ioanna Tsirigouli), judged "inadequate” by her family, gave his brother (Christos Passalis) up for adoption to her brother Nikitas (Ieronymos Kaletsanos). The family is also forced to deal with a sick grandfather (Nikos Flessas) who is unlikely to recover, and arguments erupt over who should care for him. Years later, when the brothers are grown up and family tensions threaten to spill over, the country itself is in a state of profound financial and social crisis.

About the director

Syllas Tzoumerkas (b. 1978, Thessaloniki) studied theater, film direction, and acting in Athens, Utrecht, and New York. He directed the short films The Devouring Eyes (official selection – Cinéfondation, Cannes 2001; Jury Prize – Karlovy Vary 2001) and Rain (Best Short Film – Greek Film Awards 2002), and worked as a director for the prime-time TV documentary series "Fakeli” and "Paraskinio”. As an actor, he collaborated with the acclaimed theater groups Blitz Ensemble and the Erasers, and participated in Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s and Jan Vogel’s film Wasted Youth (2011). Homeland, his debut feature, had its world premiere in the Critics’ Week of the Venice IFF 2010. Released in Greece in autumn 2010, it was selected for the Tallinn, Göteborg, and Istanbul IFFs.

Maria Drandaki, Syllas Tzoumerkas

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