Homeland

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    Homeland

    Hòra proèlefsis

    Directed by

    Greece

    2010

    111 min

    • Greek

    Drama

    Venice IFF - International Critics’ WeekFrom the director of A BLAST presented at Cinelink

    Twenty years ago, Gena gave up her younger son to her brother’s family, which was able to provide a better future for her child. When the secret is exposed, the child’s real and foster siblings must face the consequences of the complex truth.

    Credits

    Cast
    Amalia Moutoussi
    Thanos Samaras
    Ioanna Tsirigouli
    Errikos Litsis
    Ieronymos Kaletsanos
    Yioula Boudali
    Screenplay
    Yioula Boudali
    Syllas Tzoumerkas
    Cinematography
    Pantelis Mantzanas
    Editing
    Panos Voutsaras
    Music
    Drog_A_Tek

    Director's Statement

    ‘Deceive!’ ‘Betray!’ ‘Terrorize!’ – in HOMELAND, the drama of a family deciding to give up one of its members for adoption to a richer relative, is identified with the drama of a whole country.

    Sales
    PAN ENTERTAINMENT SA
    Production
    FANTASIA LTD

    Press

    Tzoumerkas, who has a solid background in shorts, presents with HOMELAND a multilayered portrait of a family from the 1974 fall of the military junta to nowadays.
Developments among the members of the family follow and reflect those of the country resulting in a passionate and engaging film which could prove to be what Theo Angelopoulos' THE TRAVELING PLAYERS (1975) meant for the Greek.

    Αlexis Grivas, Screen International

    Apart from the big-name films, there were a slew of other movies offering a window into different cultures. My favorites included HOMELAND, by the Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas.

    Courtney Walsh, FOX news

    A choral work, in which destiny can be used as an alibi only for those who want to be free from their own responsibilities. There is no way out either for the victims or the aggressors in this film which allows no break in a constant crescendo that proves all the more tragic the more we drift away from reality.

    Critics’ Week, Venice IFF, Goffredo De Pascale

    Syllas Tzoumerkas

    Syllas Tzoumerkas

    Greece

    What the melodrama does, is to force us, through the excess use of passion, of emotional extortion, to see the truth.

    Syllas Tzoumerkas (1978, Greece) studied theatre, film directing and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. He has directed short films including THE DEVOURING EYES (Cinéfondation, 2001 Cannes Film Festival; Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), TV documentaries and the feature films HOMELAND (International Critics’ Week, 2010 Venice Film Festival) A BLAST (International Competition, 2014 Locarno International Film Festival) and THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (Panorama section, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival).

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