Competition Section

Greece – 2021– color and black and white

Direction: Petros Sevastikoglou | Screenplay: Petros Sevastikoglou | Cinematography: Petros Sevastikoglou | Editing: Christos Giannakopoulos | Music: The Prefabricated Quartet | Cast: Martha Lampiri, Io Latoussaki, Vassilis Boutsikos, Vassya Berezin, Asya Rechnaya, Wei Xun, Wang Na, Zhang Guangxin, Tian Xiaoyu, Youri Bernandez, Omar Fall | Production: Stella Theodorakis, Thanos Anastopoulos, Petros Sevastikoglou, ERT, Greek Film Center, Fantasia Audiovisual | Runtime: 84’

Greece, Russia, USA, Brazil, China, Senegal. Meeting young people in these countries we heard a "Rumble" foretelling an impending explosion. The fall of communism, crisis of capitalism, ecological catastrophes, migration waves, globalization. The new generation is at the forefront, exposed, helpless without being able to envision a more optimistic future. This "Rumble" comes from this young generation. Their words, images, sounds and music compose the notes of an audio-visual symphony entitled: "The Rumble of the World".
*The film was selected for 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Petros Sevastikoglou
Wind Over the City (1997)
Three Moments (2007)
Attractive Illusion (2012)
Electra (2015)

Η Βοή του Κόσμου 2

Latvia – 2021 – color

Direction: Raitis Abele & Lauris Abele | Screenplay: Raitis Abele & Lauris Abele | Cinematography: Marcis Abele | Editing: Armands Zacs | Cast: Toms Auninš, Marcis Lacis, Daniela Vetra, Juris Zagars, Darta Danevica, Marija Skangale | Production: Kristele Pudane, Raitis Abele, Roberts Vinovskis | Runtime: 108’

Brothers Robert and Martin are a month away from their largest art exhibition. To get creative juices flowing, Martin locks himself in a black cube. Once out, brothers fall into a wild rollercoaster of events existing on the very edge of the chaos. The film examines the thin line between the artist’s creativity and mental troubles.

Raitis Abele & Lauris Abele
Baltic Tribes | Last Pagans of Europe (2018)

Troubled Minds

Italy/Switzerland/France – 2021 – color

Direction: Leonardo di Costanzo | Screenplay: Leonardo di Costanzo, Bruno Oliviero, Valia Santella | Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi | Editing: Carlotta Cristiani | Music: Pasquale Scialò | Cast: Toni Servillo, Silvio Orlando, Fabrizio Ferracane, Salvatore Striano, Antonio Buíl | Production: Carlo Cresto-Dina | Runtime: 117’

The last remains of a prison, guards and a few inmates, are waiting to be transferred and gradually the rules seem to make less and less sense and the waiting men become a new fragile community.

Un cas d'école (2003)
Odessa (2006)
Cadenza d'inganno (2011)
L'intervallo (2012)
L'intrusa (2017)

The Inner Cage Ariaferma

North Macedonia/Kosovo/Montenegro – 2021 – color

Direction: Dina Duma | Screenplay: Dina Duma, Martin Ivanov | Cinematography: Naum Doksevski | Editing: Martin Ivanov | Music: Igor Vasilev – Novogradska | Cast: Antonija Belazelkoska, Mia Giraud | Production: Marija Dimitrova, Liridon Cahani, Biljana Vusovic, Guillaume De Seille | Runtime: 90’

Teenagers Maya and Jana are inseparable and do everything together. Headstrong Jana usually takes the lead and Maya follows. One night at a party they catch Elena, the most popular girl in school, having sex on video with Maya’s long term crush. Jana convinces Maya to post the video and when it goes viral, Elena’s life is ruined. A heated confrontation between the three girls leaves Elena missing and Maya wanting to go to the police…but that isn’t what Jana wants. Maya becomes her new target and must find the courage to get out of her toxic relationship and the secret that threatens to ruin her life.

*East of West award nomination at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Dina Duma
Elena (2016, short film)
They Come From The Center of the World (2017, short film)
Without Love (2018, short film)


Greece – 2021 – color and black and white

Direction: Karolos Zonaras | Screenplay: Karolos Zonaras | Cinematography: Francesca Zonars, Karolos Zonaras | Editing: Eleni Toya | Music: Bella Bartòk, Gyorgy Kurtág, Karl Hartman, Stamatis Kraounakis, Friederich Händel, Avro Pärt | Cast: Dimitris Kitsos, Katia Leclerk O’Wallis, Natasa Exintaveloni, Manos Pintzis | Production: Katia Leclerk O’Wallis, Zonaras Productions | Runtime: 77’

Two couples of different ages get involved with each other: The younger ones see the deadlocks of the older ones as a gloomy possibility, while the older ones are “renewed” but also immersed even deeper into their own deadlocks. Time does not go back, mistakes are not corrected, and relationships end up cannibalistic.

*Participation at 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Karolos Zonaras
Charlie’s Son (2009)
Big Hit (2012)
Pedro Noula (2017)


Cyprus/Israel/Slovenia – 2021 – color

Direction: Petros Charalambous | Screenplay: Janine Teering | Cinematography: Yorgos Rahmatoulin | Editing: Stylianos Constantinou, Kyros Papavassiliou | Music: Christos Kyriakoulis | Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, Joy Rieger, Stella Fyrogeni, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Andreas Tselepos | Production: Janine Teering, Marios Piperides, Marek Rozenbaum, Michael Rozenbaum, Ales Pavlin, Andrej Stritof | Runtime: 88’

Hara’s family is everything to her, and yet she sometimes ponders a life without them. Unable to talk to anybody about her internal turmoil, she carries the burden of guilt and confusion by herself. When she befriends the shy and defiant daughter of her new boss, she is forced to confront her existential angst and face a painful past.

*Participation at 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Petros Charalambous
Boy on the Bridge (2016)

Patchwork 2

France/Belgium – 2021– color

Direction: Antoinette Boulat | Screenplay: Antoinette Boulat, François Choquet, Anne-Louise Trividic | Cinematography: Laetitia de Montalembert | Editing: Maxime Mathis
Music: Nicolas Errèra | Cast: Lou Lampros, Tom Mercier, Carmen Kassovitz | Production: Alain Benguigui, Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne |
Runtime: 87’

Marion faces Paris at night with a feeling of vulnerability linked to the loss of her sister. She crosses paths with Alex. Their encounter will evolve at the rhythm of their wanderings through the city, like a journey through the night.

*Audience award – Armani Beauty nomination at Venice Film Festival

Antoinette Boulat
Filmography (as casting director)
Pola X (1999)
Demon Lover (2002)
Swimming Pool (2003)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Antichrist (2009)
Carlos (2010)
The French Dispatch (2021)

My Night

Bosnia and Herzegovina – 2021– color

Direction: Adis Bakrač | Screenplay: Zilhad Ključanin | Cinematography: Admir Švrakić | Music: Hamza Raznatovic | Cast: Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić, Nermin Omić, Irina Dobnik, Armin Omerović | Production: Almir Šahinović, Heft Production Sarajevo-BiH | Runtime: 88'

In the summer of 1993, a group of Bosnian refugees flee to Sweden due to the war in Bosnia. The Swedish Red Cross places refugees in a pavilion for migrants. Among them is the middle-aged married couple Dervish and Adem. Dervish meets the Swede Ingrid in the pavilion and despite the language barrier, the two become good friends. Then Dervish finds out that Ingrid is seriously ill...

Adis Bakrač
Short Story About Happiness (1998, short film)
The Abyss (2000)
Play Till The End (2003, short film)
The Abandoned (2010)

My Mother s Swedish Heart 1

Greece – 2021– color

Direction: Nikos Nikolopoulos | Screenplay: Nikos Nikolopoulos, Artemis Zervou | Cinematography: Nikos Nikolopoulos | Editing: Nikos Nikolopoulos | Music: Miyaki | Cast: Thanassis Georgiou, Stefan Mwange, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Eleana Stravodimou, Alexandros Mavropoulos | Production: Nikos Nikolopoulos, Artemis Zervou | Runtime: 107’

The love story of Simos and Musa. A descent into darkness led by Simos. Musa wants to leave. In his attempt to stop him, Simos opens and closes the door that separates dream from reality. Will he lose Musa? Himself? Or himself in Musa?

*Participation at 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Nikos Nikolopoulos
Polk (2014)


Slovenia – 2021 – color

Direction: Darko Sinko | Screenplay: Darko Sinko | Cinematography: Marko Brdar | Editing: Matic Drakulic | Music: Matija Krecic | Cast: Alen Kermac, Dejan Spasic, Rados Bolcina, Mirel Knez | Production: Vlado Bulajic, Lija Pogacnik | Runtime: 106’

After someone tries to shoot a middle aged man, he makes an inventory of friends and acquaintances to find out who might feel wronged by him.

*The film won 6 awards at Slovene Film Festival, including Best Debut award.

Darko Sinko
Kriticna Generacija (2010)
Upor (2013)
Hiske (2015)

Inventory 1

United Kingdom – 2021– color

Direction: Col Spector | Screenplay: Col Spector, Radha Chakraborty | Cinematography: Andrew Alderslade | Editing: Michael Cheung | Cast: Al Weaver, Cristina Catalina, Morgan Watkins, Sinead Matthews, Tessa Peake-Jones | Production: Col Spector, Hannah Greenwood, Vanessa Muir | Runtime: 84’

After receiving a marriage ultimatum from a woman he's not sure he truly loves, Rob is up against the clock to realize he should stop looking for the fabled 'Miss Right' and learn to see what's right in front of him.

Col Spector
Someone Else (2006)
Honeymooner (2010)

Im Not In Love


Italy – 2021 – color

Direction: Alessandro Cassigoli & Casey Kauffman | Screenplay: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Vanessa Picciarelli | Cinematography: Emanuele Pasquet | Editing: Alessandro Cassigoli | Music: Giorgio Giampa | Cast: Khadija Jaafari, Ikram Jaafari, Marilena Amato, Fatima Ramouch, Simona Petrosino, Emanuele Palumbo | Production: Ang Film, RAI Cinema, Damiano Ticconi | Runtime: 81’

The film tells the story of Jamila, and intimately studies the radical changes in her body, and in her desires and goals. Filmed over a five-year time frame, “Californie” is the poetic and engaging depiction of the extent to which apparently irrelevant decisions determine the future of an individual poised between making it and succumbing to hardships.

*2 nominations at Venice Film Festival (Giornate degli Autori award and Label Europa Cinemas award)

Alessandro Cassigoli & Casey Kauffman
The Things We Keep (2017)
Butterfly (2018)

Californie photo

Σερβία/Γαλλία/Λουξεμβούργο/Βουλγαρία/Λιθουανία – 2021 – έγχρωμη

Σκηνοθεσία: Stefan Arsenijevic | Σενάριο: Stefan Arsenijevic, Nicolas Ducray, Bojan Vuletic | Διεύθυνση Φωτογραφίας: Jelena Stankovic | Μουσική: Martynas Bialobzeskis | Ηθοποιοί: Ibrahim Koma, Nancy Mensah-Offei, Maxim Khalil | Παραγωγή: Miroslav Mogorovich, Gilles Chanial, Borislav Chouchkov, Kestutis Drazdauskas, Myrina Mané, Alice Ormières | Διάρκεια: 92’

Ο Στραχίνια και η σύζυγός του, η Αμπαμπούο, έφυγαν από τη Γκάνα όταν ξέσπασε η προσφυγική κρίση. Κατάφεραν να φτάσουν στη Γερμανία, αλλά απελάθηκαν πίσω στο Βελιγράδι. Εκεί ο Στραχίνια κάνει ό,τι μπορεί για να ξεκινήσει μια νέα ζωή. Δουλεύει σκληρά για να εξασφαλίσει άσυλο, δοκιμάζοντας την τύχη του στο ποδόσφαιρο σ’ έναν τοπικό σύλλογο και δουλεύοντας ως εθελοντής στον Ερυθρό Σταυρό. Μόνο που ο δρόμος είναι μακρύς, κι έτσι η Αμπαμπούο, μια παθιασμένη γυναίκα που φιλοδοξεί να γίνει ηθοποιός στο Λονδίνο, νιώθει πως οι επιθυμίες της μένουν ανεκπλήρωτες. Ένα βράδυ φτάνει στα μέρη τους μια νέα ομάδα Σύρων προσφύγων, οι οποίοι βρίσκονται καθοδόν για τη Δυτική Ευρώπη. Ένας από αυτούς είναι ο Αλί, ένας χαρισματικός αριστερός ακτιβιστής. Η Αμπαμπούο τον κοροϊδεύει στην αρχή, αλλά μέσα σ’ ένα βράδυ φεύγει μαζί του από τη χώρα, χωρίς να δώσει καμία εξήγηση. Ο Στραχίνια ακολουθεί τη διαδρομή των μεταναστών στα Βαλκάνια, αλλά για τους δικούς του μοναδικούς λόγους... Μια ευφάνταστη κινηματογραφική μεταφορά ενός κλασικού μεσαιωνικού έπους, όπου Αφρικανοί μετανάστες παίρνουν τη θέση των εθνικών ηρώων της Σερβίας. Μια επίκαιρη και συνάμα διαχρονική διασκευή, η οποία εγείρει ερωτήματα σχετικά με την ταυτότητα, την παράδοση, τη φυλή και την αγάπη.

*Βραβείο Crystal Globe στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου του Κάρλοβι Βάρι
*Βραβείο Καλύτερου Σκηνοθέτη στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου KineNova

Stefan Arsenijevic (1977-)
Belgrade Sound (2001)
Love and Other Crimes (2008)
Do Not Forget Me Istanbul (2010)As Far As I Can Walk 5