Lullaby of the Butterfly
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    Lullaby of the Butterfly

    To nanourisma tis petaloudas

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    20 min

    • Greek


    A woman receives a mysterious phone call; that same night she has trouble sleeping, tormented with thoughts. Early the next day she abandons her house and sets out on a journey to an unknown destination, carrying a kitchen knife in her bag. After driving all day, she parks her car at a remote location and waits for someone… something… in the middle of the night…


    Alexia Charalambidou
    Yiannis Kokkinos
    Andreas Tselepos
    Fivos Georgiades
    Demas Demosthenous
    Tonia Mishiali
    George Rahmatoulin
    Tonia Mishiali
    Tonia Mishiali

    Tonia Mishiali


    For me, cinema is a kind of self-therapy. You address personal issues and express with images what you cannot really say with words. When you finish the film you hopefully have resolved these issues so you can go on and make the next film...

    Tonia is a Cypriot filmmaker and producer who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. Tonia is a member of the EFA and Berlinale Talents alumni. Her short films DEAD END (2013) and LULLABY OF THE BUTTERFLY (2014) competed in more than 60 IFF together, including Locarno, Palm Springs, Cork, Busan, Dresden, Sarajevo, Encounters, Drama, also winning several awards for Best Director and Best Film. Her debut feature PAUSE (2018) participated in cocoPITCH and Karlovy Vary WIP. It has been officially selected in more than 60 festivals, including the FIAPF accredited ‘A’ list Karlovy Vary, Cairo, Stockholm, Sofia, Kitzbuhel, Sydney, Transilvania as well as Santa Barbara and Seattle. It received rave reviews internationally, including the Hollywood Reporter and LA times, and was listed by Rotten Tomatoes as one of “20 most daring films of 2019”, having received 12 awards including the FIPRESCI. It has been released theatrically in the USA, Europe, sold in Asia, and streaming on major platforms like Amazon Prime and HBO Europe. Its screenplay is listed in the core collection of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her latest project MAYA was selected at Meetings on the Bridge 2021.

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