Archive of films September / September

Greece / Germany
2013, 105 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2013

Anna, a taciturn 30-something, lives in a small flat with her dog Manu, who means everything to her. After a distressing incident which disrupts her carefully guarded, secluded life, Anna attaches herself to the family of Sofia, a happily married woman and mother of two children. This personal and suggestive variation on the theme of solitude and the fragility of human relationships heralds the return to Karlovy Vary of renowned Greek author of the film Hard Goodbyes: My Father after an absence of ten years.


Synopsis

Taciturn thirtysomething Anna lives in a small flat with her dog Manu, who means everything to her. After a distressing incident which disrupts her carefully guarded, secluded life, the solitary woman attaches herself to Sofia and her family, a happily married woman and mother of two children. Anna’s attempts to communicate her pain and loneliness gradually grow into the obsession of an individual persistently demanding love and acceptance. Penny Panayotopoulou, a writer-director noteworthy for combining exceptional sensitivity with the masterful execution of all filmmaking elements, distances herself from words in her latest film, focusing instead on intense visual portrayal. She avoids dramatic accents in the traditional sense, with everything fundamental taking place as if off-camera. And if not for the excellent performances by Kora Karvouni and Maria Skoula, the viewer wouldn’t feel the powerful inner tension. After an absence of ten years, this vivid variation on the theme of solitude and the fragility of human relationships heralds the return to Karlovy Vary of the renowned Greek creator of Hard Goodbyes: My Father.

About the director

Penny Panayotopoulou (b. 1960, Athens) studied law at the University of Athens and film direction at Stavrakos film school. In 1982-85 she lived in London, where she graduated in film directing from the Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster). She earned a name with her short films, which participated in numerous festivals, winning a variety of awards. The dazzling international run of her feature debut Hard Goodbyes: My Father (Diskoli apocheretismi: O babas mou, 2002) began at the 55th Locarno IFF (Best Actor Award). In the period separating her debut from September, she wrote, produced, and directed a number of documentaries.

Contacts

Penny Panayotopoulou Productions
Antisssis 1, 15126, Athens
Greece
Tel: 30 6932438718
E-mail: ppanayotopoulou@gmail.com
www: pennypanayotopoulou.wordpress.com

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
   
Director: Penny Panayotopoulou
Screenplay: Kallia Papadaki, Penny Panayotopoulou
Dir. of Photography: Giorgos Michelis
Music: Giorgos Zachariou
Editor: Petar Markovic
Producer: Penny Panayotopoulou, Thanassis Karathanos
Production: Penny Panayotopoulou Productions
Cast: Kora Karvouni, Maria Skoula, Nikos Diamantis
Contact: Penny Panayotopoulou Productions

Guests

Penny Panayotopoulou

Film Director

Thanassis Karathanos

Producer


Kora Karvouni

Actress

Kallia Papadaki

Screenwriter


Georgios Michelis

Director of Photography

Ilya Papaspyrou

Film Crew


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