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    Xenia

    Directed by

    Greece, France, Belgium

    2014

    128 min

    • Greek

    Comedy, Drama

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain RegardGreek submission for the Academy Awards

    After the death of their mother, Dany, 16, leaves Crete to join his older brother, Odysseas, who lives in Athens. Born from an Albanian mother and a Greek father they never met, the two brothers, strangers in their own country, decide to go to Thessaloniki to look for their father and force him to officially recognize them. At the same time in Thessaloniki, is held the selection for the cult show, GREEK STAR. Dany dreams that his brother Odysseas, a gifted singer, could become the new star of the contest, in a country that refuses to accept them.

    Awards

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    • Felix Award for Best Fiction Film - Rio IFF
    • Special Mention - MIX Milano
    • Best Actor (Kostas Nikouli) - Queer Lisboa
    • Special Jury Prize - Gijon FF
    • Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Costumes - Hellenic Film Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kostas Nikouli
    Nikos Gelia
    Aggelos Papadimitriou
    Romanna Lobach
    Marissa Triandafyllidou
    Yannis Stankoglou
    Patty Pravo
    Screenplay
    Panos H. Koutras
    Panagiotis Evangelidis
    Cinematography
    Helene Louvart
    Simos Sarketzis
    Editing
    Yorgos Lamprinos
    Music
    Delaney Blue
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    Production
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    Press

    Both actors hold the screen with disarming ease

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Panos  H. Koutras

    Panos H. Koutras

    Greece

    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.