"Making films is my way of communicating with my family and friends, with people I have lost and people I don't know and, finally, with myself and my dreams."
Born in Greece in 1977, Elina studied filmmaking and sociology in Athens. Her first feature, THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS (2013), premiered at Berlinale Forum and participated in more than 40 international film festivals. During that same year, trade publication Variety singled her out as one of the “10 European Directors to Watch” and in 2014, she won the first-time director award from the Hellenic Film Academy. Her second feature, SON OF SOFIA (2017), selected for the 2013 Berlinale Residency programme and the 2014 Berlinale Co-Production Market, premiered in competition at Tribeca and won the Best International Narrative Feature Award. It also won 5 awards of the Hellenic Film Academy, including best feature film, best director and best screenplay. Currently, Elina is developing her first documentary, STRAY BODIES - supported by Creative Europe and Eave - and her third feature, PATRIMONIAL FEARS AND OTHER SYMPTOMS - selected for the 2019 Berlinale Co-Production Market.