Archive of films September / September
Greece / Germany
2013, 105 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
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.
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.
About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Kallia Papadaki, Penny Panayotopoulou|
|Dir. of Photography:||Giorgos Michelis|
|Producer:||Penny Panayotopoulou, Thanassis Karathanos|
|Production:||Penny Panayotopoulou Productions|
|Cast:||Kora Karvouni, Maria Skoula, Nikos Diamantis|
|Contact:||Penny Panayotopoulou Productions|
Director of Photography