a jar of nuts

a film by Savvas Stavrou

Cyprus | Short | Drama, Comedy | 2019 | 17'

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synopsis

Isolated in his apartment, the lonely forty-year old Giorgos meticulously devises an intricate plan to take his life after his beloved mother chokes to death on a pistachio. 

As the day progresses, Giorgos allows excuses, obstacles and people to hinder his final deadly leap from the balcony, completely oblivious to the true reason behind all his stalling.

cast

Makis Papadimitriou, Katerina Latta, Alexandros Mylonas, Ioanna Safkalli

 

the director

Savvas Stavrou is a Cypriot-British film director and alumni of the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Lab, Berlinale Talents, Sarajevo Talents and Zurich Film Festival Masterclass. His short films SONG TO THE SIREN, DOROTHEA and INTERLUDE have screened internationally at festivals, with the latter having won the Sci-Fi London Festival’s 48 Hour Film Challenge for Best Short. As a music video director, his work was pinned by Promo News amidst the likes of Massive Attack and Florence + the Machine, and SIRENS won the Best Music Video award at Aesthetica Film Festival. More recently, his film SUBMISSION was picked and presented by NOWNESS.

 

His latest short film A JAR OF NUTS, based on a story by renowned Greek author Antonis Samarakis, was funded by the Cyprus Film Fund. He is currently in pre-production on his BFI-funded short film BUFFER ZONE and developing his first feature THE ONES LEFT BEHIND, which was one of 8 projects selected to participate at the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Lab in 2018.

 

festivals

  • Tirana Film Festival 2019 - Winner

     - Best Balkan Film

  • Cyprus International Short Film Festival 2019 - Winner

     - Honorary Film Award​

  • Aesthetica Film Festival 2019 (In Competition)

  • Brisbane International Film Festival 2019 (In Competition)

  • Athens International Film Festival 2019 (In Competition)

  • Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival 2019 (In Competition)

  • Court en Scène Festival 2019 (In Competition)

  • Firenze Film Festival 2019 (In Competition)

  • European Independent Film Festival 2020 (In Competition)

  • Psarokokkalo International Short Film Festival 2020 (In Competition)

  • Paleochora Short Film Festival 2020 (In Competition)

  • Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival 2020 

 

crew

Cinematographer: Edgar Dubrovskiy

Music: Angus MacRae

Editor: Andonis Trattos

Production Design: Anna Papa

Producers: Marios Petrondas, Emma Doxiadi