zizotek

a film by Vardis Marinakis

Greece | Greek | Feature | Drama / Fantasy | 2019 | 92'

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synopsis

After nine-year-old Jason is abandoned by his mother at a folk festival, he takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first the man won’t take him in, a series of circumstances eventually leads them to form a family – something both of them have lacked for a long time. A touching tale of harmony and the yearning for intimacy that will captivate audiences with its dreamlike atmosphere

 

cast

Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Penelope Tsilika, August-Lambrou Negropontis

 

the director

Vardis Marinakis is a Greek film director. His debut feature Black Field (2010) won several international awards and was described by Variety as “… undeniably handsome and delicately crafted”. His second feature film Zizotek (2019) is premiering in competition at Karlovy Vary’s 54th IFF. He also works in advertising wherein 2017 he directed an online fiction drama series winning him the Golden Lion at Cannes.

 

awards / nominations

  • ​Hellenic Film Academy Awards – 2 nominations: best sound design, best  cinematography (winners to be announced in April 2020)

 

festivals

  • World Premiere:  Official Competition Karlovy Vary International l Film Festival (July 2019)

  • 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Official Competition (November 2019) 

  • Leeds International Film Festival (November 2019) 

  • SUBTITLE European Film Festival (November 2019) 

  • AFI WASHINGTON European Union Film Showcase (December 2019)

  • 23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (March 2020)

  • IFF Febiofest Bratislava (March 2020) – Postponed due to Covid-19

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

  • New York Greek Film Expo (June 2021)

 

reviews

Variety (Jessica Kiang)

Cineuropa (David Gonzalez)

Flix (Tasos Hatziefremidis)

 

crew

Casting: Athens Casting & Tatiana Verbi

Music: Ted Regklis

Editor: Lambis Haralambidis

Art Directors: Penelope Valti, Stavros Liokalos 

Costume Designer: Eva Goulakou

Director of Photography: Christina Moumouri

Sound: Yiannis Antypas, Persefoni Miliou, Costas Fylaktidis 

Co-produced by: IXOR VFX & TWOTHIRTYFIVE

With the Support of: the Greek Film Centre & Hellenic Broadcast Association

Produced by: Konstantinos Vassilaros

Screenplay: Vardis Marinakis & Spyros Kribalis