By Yannis Sakaridis
A fast paced triptych revealing the opposing forces of humanitarian challenges in Athens today.
Nakos, a banal racist, had enough of the thousands of refugees in his neighborhood, Amerika Square in the center of Athens. Tarek, a Syrian ex-Military doctor is looking for a deal to smuggle out of Greece with his daughter. Billy a tattoo artist falls in love with Tereza, an African singer who is also looking for an escape by the sea. The three stories merge when Nako’s malicious acts stop Tereza’s and Tarek’s smuggler Hassan. Their illegal trip is interrupted and they have to find another way out. While time is running out for everyone, Billy steps in to organize the escape.
Busan IFF (Flash Forward – audience award candidate), Chicago IFF (competition), Kolkata IFF (competition), Thessaloniki IFF (FIPRESCI award, special mention by the
main jury to the actor Vasili Koukalani, special mention by the Youth Jury Awards), Trieste FF (Erasmus Jury Award), Hellas Film Box Berlin, Black Movie, Panorama Ellinikou Kinimatografou Paris, Vilnius FF, Cleveland IFF, Festival Intl. du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, Montreal Greek Film Festival, Istanbul IFF (competition), Beijing IFF (Audience Award), LA Greek FF (Best Film), Burgas IFF (audience award, special mention by the Jury), Ventotene FF (Open Frontiers winner) a.o.
Received the national film award for best editing in the Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2017 (nominated in six categories).
“one of the best European films to date on the subject of immigration in all its painful implications” – THR
“a hard-hitting intertwining ensemble drama” – Variety
“a rare work that looks at multiple sides of a very complex situation” – THR
Billy: Yannis Stankoglou / Nakos: Makis Papadimitriou / Tarek: Vassilis Kukalani / Tereza: Ksenia Dania / Manolis: Alexandros Logothetis / Nandia: Rea Pediaditaki
Georgia Themis Bazaka / Stavros: Errikos Litsis
Director: Yannis Sakaridis / Scriptwriter: Yannis Tsirbas, Vangelis Mourikis, Yannis Sakaridis / Cinematographer: Jan Vogel / Editor: Yannis Sakaridis / Production Design: Alexia Theodoraki / Sound Design: George Mikrogiannakis / Music: Minos Matsas / Producers: Yannis Sakaridis, Nikkos J. Frangos, George Th Lemos, Venia Vergou / Production Companies: Ilioupolis Films, Marblemen Productions / Co-Producers: ERT, Athens Filmmakers’ Coop, Pola Bousiou, Arctos, Scripta Manent Tattoo Studio, Antonis Valindras, Dimitris Sakaridis, True Motion Pictures
With the support of Greek Film Center
Original Title: PLATEIA AMERIKIS / shot in 4K ARRI / available for screenings in DCP 24fps / color / image format 1:85 / 86mins / sound format 5.1 / original language: Greek, English, Arabic with English, French, German, Italian & Chinese subtitles / Ilioupolis Films, Marblemen Productions / Greece, UK, Germany 2016