Archive of films Black Field / Mavro livadi

2009, 104 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2010

This visually captivating feature debut takes place in Greece in 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff. Sister Anthi tends the wounded soldier and eventually falls in love with him. A drama about the search for sexual identity and freedom that excels through its sophisticated visual execution.


The visually captivating feature debut Black Field takes place in Greece in 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff, and the sisters take him in and care for him. Sister Anthi, one of those who tends him, falls in love with the soldier and eventually helps him escape. The central focus of the film does not come out of its historical context but is derived from the relationship between the two main characters and, above all, from the quest for freedom and identity for young Anthi. The initially silent sister, hiding a surprising secret, discovers heretofore unknown desires that lead her to a radically altered view of herself. Debut writer-director Vardis Marinakis has succeeded in creating a powerful drama about the search for sexual and gender identity. Black Field is a visually refined story about the effort to liberate oneself from society’s rules and standards. The film excels through its sophisticated atmosphere and the great attention paid to production design.

About the director

Vardis Marinakis (b. 1971, Athens) graduated from London’s National Film School where he studied under leading British director Stephen Frears. To date he has shot four short films and a number of television commercials. The short Summer Love (Kalokairinos erotas, 2002) was successfully shown at several international film festivals, as was his latest short, Second Nature (Defteri Fysi, 2005), awarded at the Locarno IFF among others. The historical drama Black Field is his feature film debut.


Highway Productions
27 Aishylou Street, 10554, Athens
Tel: +30 210 331 4088
Fax: +30 210 331 4058

Media Luna New Films UG
Aachener Strasse 24, 506 74, Cologne
Tel: +49 221 510 918 91
Fax: +49 221 510 918 99

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Vardis Marinakis
Screenplay: Vardis Marinakis
Dir. of Photography: Marcus Waterloo
Music: Dimitris Maramis
Editor: Yiannis Halkiadakis
Producer: George Lykiardopoulos
Production: Highway Productions
Cast: Sofia Georgovassili, Christos Passalis, Maria Panourgia, Despoina Bebedeli, Despoina Kourti, Evangelia Andreadaki
Contact: Highway Productions, Media Luna New Films UG


Vardis Marinakis

Film Director, Film Director

George Lykiardopoulos


Sofia Georgovassili


Maria Skoula



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