Born in Athens, Panos H. Koutras studied filmmaking at the London Film School and at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1985 to 1995, he kept going back and forth between both cities and made several short films screened in festivals throughout the world. In 1995, he founded in Athens his own production company, 100% Synthetic Films, and started writing his first feature film, THE ATTACK OF THE GIANT MOUSSAKA, an “unidentified filmic object” released 4 years later, quickly achieving cult status. He made a complete turnaround with his second film, REAL LIFE, a drama which premiered at the Toronto IFF and won the National Critics Award in Greece in 2004. His third film, STRELLA, was selected in the Panorama section of the 2009 Berlin FF and in many other international festivals. XENIA (2014) is his fourth feature film selected to screen in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes IFF.