winona

Greece | Greek | Feature | Drama / Comedy | 2019 | 88'

synopsis

It appears as if it is an ordinary outing to a remote beach. Four young women and their sheepdog Froso enjoy the warmth of the sun and and chill of the sea. They play and dance and sing. The day gives way to silly games and girlish banter. The house on the hill looms over them, and they often escape to it, and ponder about its occupants. Laughter is punctuated by tears. The tears are washed away by make believe. Until the day comes to a close and they begin to pack their things to leave. Unassumingly mysterious and deeply nostalgic, Winona holds on to its bittersweet secret till the very end.

a film by The Boy

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cast

Iro Bezou, Anthi Efstratiadou, Sofia Kokkali, Daphne Patakia

 

the director

The Greek film director Alexandros Voulgaris (also known as The Boy) has written and directed 5 feature films, theatrical plays, music video clips, and has also acted in many films of his fellow directors. His first feature, "Crying", premiered at Toronto, whilst his second feature "Pink" attracted wide critical acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize at !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, followed by many screenings at other festivals. He is also widely known for his music, and performs across Europe, having released a number of solo albums, and composing original music scores for cinema. He also teaches at the National Theatre of Greece, an acknowledgment of his innate ability to elicit astonishing performances from actors.

 

awards / nominations

  • ​Hellenic Film Academy Awards – 5 nominations: best film, best director, best music, best editing, best  cinematography (winners to be announced in April)

 

festivals

  • ‘Goes to Cannes’ WIP at the Marché du Film, Cannes Film Festival (May 2019)

  • 35th Warsaw IFF (October 2019) - Official Competition - World Premiere

  • 60th Thessaloniki IFF (November 2019) - Greek Program Selection - National Premiere

  • Hellas Filmbox Berlin (January 2020)

  • Cyprus Film Days (April 2020) – *Cancelled due to Covid-19

  • 74th Edinburgh International Film Festival (April 2020) *Cancelled due to Covid-19

  • Festival Del Cinema Europeo – Lecce Italy (October 2020) 

  • 44ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo (October 2020) 

 

reviews

Cineuropa (Vittoria Scarpa)

Esquina de Cultura (Mattheus Mans) 

Spoiler Movies (Eduardo Benesi)

Flix (Poli Lykourgou)

Myfilm (Aggelos Polydoros)

 

crew

Cinematographer: Simos Sarketzis GSC

Editor: Nikos Pastras

Composers: Miss Trichromi, The Boy

Sound Recordist: Nikos Exarchos

Sound Designer: Buildings At Night

Sets - Costumes: Myrto Tzima

Hair & Make-Up Artist: Ioanna Lygizou

Production Assistants: Kosta Baliotis, Konstantinos Lambridis

Producer: Eleni Bertes

Co-Producers: Michalis Sarantinos – Maria Kontogianni 

Writer: The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris)