Blind Sun

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    Blind Sun

    Kafsonas

    Directed by

    France, Greece

    2015

    88 min

    • French
    • English
    • Greek

    Mystery

    A heatwave is ravaging Greece. The atmosphere is becoming strained and charged with violence. A taciturn immigrant arrives there to house-sit a home during its owners’ absence, but it will eventually turn into a nightmare.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Best Photography - Brussels FF
    • Best Debut Director - Athens IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ziyad Bakri
    Laurène Brun
    Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
    Screenplay
    Joyce A. Nashawati
    Cinematography
    Giorgos Arvanitis
    Editing
    Sébastien Prangère
    Production
    BLONDE S.A.
    Sales
    REEL SUSPECTS

    Press

    It impressively juggles genre contrivances and a dense personal drama on social dynamics.

    Joseph Proimakis, Cineuropa

    One of the festival hits of the year.

    Colin Brown, Screen Daily

    Social genre auteur title impressed at Thessaloniki and Dubai.

    Margaret Lenker, Variety

    Joyce Nashawati

    Joyce Nashawati

    France

    I like film to feel like a dream, a nightmare. Dialogue is not a very strong dream axis. Settings, costumes, sound and shot composition are important. I like to work with suspense, tension and mystery. There is also a tendency for paranoia in my work, like reality is something you cannot trust. How can one be sure about anything? I believe a lot in film as a craft and journey, which means it's practice that will guide me more than I will guide it.

    Joyce A. Nashawati grew up between Beirut, Accra, Kuwait and Athens. She studied Film in the UK & Paris where she got a scholarship for a doctoral thesis. She wrote and directed three mystery short films which travelled around festivals: THE UMBRELLA (2008), THE BITE (2010, Best short film at Gerardmer FF), ON LEAVE (2013). The dystopian thriller BLIND SUN is her first feature, which premiered at the Thessaloniki IFF.

    Selected Filmography