The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

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    The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

    I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeua

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    88 min

    • Greek


     Toronto IFF - City to City

    Antonis arrives at a hotel resort by the sea. It is wintertime, the hotel is closed and Antonis drifts around alone. He has a lot of time to kill. Until television announces the disappearance of the famous TV host Antonis Paraskevas…


    • Best Work in Progress - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award, Best Actor Ex aequo Award for Christos Stergioglou - Thessaloniki IFF


    Christos Stergioglou
    Syllas Tzoumerkas
    Theodora Tzimou
    Dionisis Efthimiopoulos
    Nikos Vavouris


    Clearly a take on a country in crisis, as well as the way celebrity culture has replaced more traditional hero worship, this confident feature helming debut by filmmaker Elina Psykou is sharp enough to book niche theatrical outings on top of its fest bookings.

    Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

    The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas is a an insightful comment on today’s media culture and can also be interpreted as an allegory of the current austerity crisis in Greece.

    Nino Kovačić, Nisimazine

    ...deserves to be seen for its biting portrayal of self-obsession and the dangers of fame

    Ben Nicholson, Cine-Vue

    Elina Psykou

    Elina Psykou


    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.

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