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WINNER 2018 BEST CYPRIOT FILM – 16th Cyprus Film Days Festival

WINNER “BEST DIRECTOR” – 17th Nachalo Film Festival, St. Petersburg

 

Superb narrative rhythm and timing, remarkable editing and well corresponded places and colours to envelope all human decisions in the film.Weaved together beautifully, eloquently and suggestively, but in a surprising simple way.” – Alexis Dermentzoglou / Makthes.gr “Macedonia”

The director constructs a cinematographically impressive production – his handling of the parallel stories, the well-crafted photography, the good use of the locations, the direction of the actors, and in general the handling of the scenes with crowds of people, are impressive.” – Ninos Fenek Mikelides / enetpress.gr

“A unique blend of screwball comedy and drama. A film that contrasts quaint village lifestyles with conceptual science fiction. Sunrise in Kimmeria is charming and cheeky.” – Canadian Film Institute

Athos Antoniou, in the starring role, appears perpetually but winningly perplexed, mystified by life’s mysteries, while all of the supporting cast are humorously built, with the gorgeous Kika Georgiou, starring as the village beauty.” Leda Galanou – Flix

“A film with a consistent style and real voice. A film full of heart.” – Haris Zambarloukos B.S.C

“The idiosyncrasies of modern Cypriot society — the confused sense of cultural identity, the intractable political divisions — are winningly satirized in writer-director Simon Farmakas’s screwball comedy-drama” – Vancouver Cinematheque

 

“A young villager gets caught up in tragicomic circumstances, after a strange sphere, tracked by a foreign intelligence agency, crashes into his potato field”.

A timeless parable that spawns from an insignificant incident, blown out of proportion by the story’s characters, a bespoke screwball comedy that turns to drama, a satire of the identity issues that sizzle beneath the surface of modern Cypriot society. A mixture of cultural and political influences has left the native Cypriot “confused” as to what his identity is. Being just a Cypriot is not so common. A parody.

The comedy is mostly observational, through Skevos’ pivot standing point we witness the chaotic, destabilized and fractured microcosm of Cyprus life. A never-ending village election, a fierce political rivalry, an abnormal buffer zone wrangle, various “foreign” military presences, a general dispute over ownership and a cultivated fatalistic tolerance.

Skevos leads us through a unique and bizarre adventure by daring the incredible- “He who dares wins” is the premise of the film- and through his action and its consequences, he gradually comes to discover his own identity and with the conclusion of the story, armed with it, he sets on a personal journey into the unfamiliar, the unknown, through a hostile, cold, mountainous and snow-covered land, he departs to find his “Mother”, a clear metaphor that runs throughout the film, which symbolizes his core identity, as a young man, as a person, as the average Cypriot.

 

Maria Mercedes Kimmeria

“Sunrise in Kimmeria”, (greek title “Κιμμέρια”), was filmed on location in Cyprus, Luxembourg and Germany.

 

Film reviews

Francis McKay – European Union FF ’18, Canada

Flix:  Leda Galanou

Alexis Dermetzoglou, Makedonia

Rafaella Ralli, Reader GR

Ninos Fenek Mikellides, ENETPRESS

 

 

MAIN CAST

SKEVOS

 

 ATHOS ANTONIOU

25-year-old Athos was born and raised in Limassol, Cyprus. At 18 he began studying Interior Design in Thessalonica and two years later he continued with drama studies at the “Iasmos Higher Drama School” in Athens. He worked for 4 years as an assistant director and actor in many theatre productions.

Since 2014, Athos has been professionally acting in Cyprus, landing major roles in four television series and guest appearances in others. He has also acted in two short films (“Na ‘maste mazi”, 2011 and “Adikeologites Apousies”, 2015).

“Sunrise in Kimmeria” is his first role in a feature-length film.

 

MARIA

 KIKA GEORGIOU

Kika Georgiou was born in Larnaca, Cyprus. She studied music at Roosevelt University (Chicago, USA) and acting at Yorgos Armenis’ School of the Dramatic Arts (Athens, Greece).

She has collaborated with the National Theatre of Greece and worked for renowned theatre directors such as Nikos Mastorakis (“St. Joan of the Stockyards“), Yiannis Houvardas (“Stories of the Vienna Woods“) or Fotis Nikolaou (“Lamentu“, “Unravelling“, “Inland“).

She also participated in the critically acclaimed theatre play “Electra“ by well known German director Peter Stein, shown at New York’s City Center amongst others, and collaborated with Argentinian director and playwright Fernando Rubio on his performance “Everything by my side“.

The Cypriot actress has worked for cinema. Credits include Giorgos Gikapeppas’ “The City of Children“ that earned her the Greek Academy of Film’s award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2012, and the award for Best New Actress at the Athens International Film Festival in 2012

 

SAM FULLER

 TIM AHERN

Tim was last seen on stage in London as Dr Spivey in the West End production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” directed by Terry Johnson and starring Christian Slater.

Other theatre credits include: Jeremy in Matt Nelson’s award winning comedy “Sensitive People”, Kelly in “Prayer for My Daughter” directed by Scott Rosenberg for which Tim won an LA Drama Critic’s Award, Jack Kerouac in the off-Broadway celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the Beat Movement and Megs in Steve Metcalfe’s off- Broadway production of “Strange Snow”.

Amongst other important parts, Tim played the Bartender in Paolo Sorentino’s short film “Killer in Red”,  that starred the British actor Clive Owen. He also played the part of Robert Grasso in the brilliant TV series “Lilyhammer” starring Steven Van Zandt.

Tim’s numerous film credits include: “Kill Command”, “Brand New-U”, and “The Idealist” – all due out in 2014. Additional credits comprise “Hyde Park on the Hudson”, “Mirrors”, “Last Chance Harvey”, “Daphne” and “The Real American”.

 

PAMBOS THE SHARK

 

 

 

 

 ANTONIS KATSARIS

Antonis Katsaris was born in Cyprus in 1943. He studied acting at the Athens Drama School and the Drama School of the Greek Art Theatre, as well as dance at the Pratsika School of Dance. Since 1964, Antonis Katsaris has worked as an actor in both Athens and in Cyprus and has collaborated with the Cypriot National Theatre (Th.O.C.) for 24 years.

In Greece, Antonis Katsaris starred in “Chrisomallousa” (1978) by Tonis Likourezis and “Klios” by Kostas Koutsomitis (1987). He has furthermore collaborated with director Christos Georgiou on the movie “Small Crime” (2008).

Antonis Katsaris has also directed a number of plays in Greece and Cyprus. The Greek Ministry of Culture has awarded him twice for Best supporting actor, for his work in “Kokkini Margarita” by Vassilis Vafeas and “Simadia tis Nichtas” by Panos Kokkinopoulos.

 

ANDREAS

 

 

 

 

 ANDREAS MELEKKIS

Andreas was born in 1959 in the Ammochostos district and now lives in Larnaca, Cyprus. Between 1985 and 1990, he studied directing and acting at the High Institute of Theatre Arts in Bulgaria, graduating with a Masters’ Degree in Directing.

Since 1990, he has been a loyal servant to Cypriot theatre, both as a director and an actor but also by holding various administrative positions.

He has also worked with all the major theatre groups of Cyprus and since 1990 has been Artistic Director of the Theatre Group “Scala”. Andreas has directed plays of all genres and he has countless major roles in theatre, television and cinema. His activities include setting up children’s and youth theatre workshops.

 

SUPPORTING CAST

STELLA ANDREAS’ WIFE ANDROULA ERAKLEOUS
KOSTIS PAMBOS CHARALAMBOUS
NICOLAS YIANNIS KOKKINOS
FATHER MICHALIS CONSTANTINOS ALKIVIADIS
ELENI PRIEST’S WIFE PARASKEVI PAPAMILTIADOUS
KAKOS CHRISTOPHER GRECO
SKEVOS’ FATHER SOTIRIS PANTELIS ANTONAS
THE GRANDMOTHER LENIA SOROKOU
Ms. EVI ELENA DIMITRIOU
Mr. LOUIS SOFOKLIS KASKAOUNIAS
PAMBOS THE SHARK“ ANTONIS KATSARIS
SON OF THE SHARK LOUKAS LOUKA
SHARK’S ASSOCIATE 2 MARIOS STYLIANOU
GIORGOS ANDREAS’ SON MARIOS IOANNOU
TNT“ VALENTINOS KOKKINOS
CUSTOMS OFFICER DIMITRIS XISTRAS
POLICEMAN 1 KOSTAS VICHAS
POLICEMAN 2 POLIVIOS KOKKINOS
PIGFARMER 1 DIMITRIS TALIOTIS
PIGFARMER 2 PETROS YIORKADGIS
PIGFARMERS MOTHER GEORGIA CONSTANTINOU
LITTLE INDIAN BOY YIORGOS THEODOROU
SAM TIM AHERN
BOB KIERON JIECCHINIS
COMMANDER PETER BROOKE
SECRETARY AYSHEA HALIWELL
RIAN LACEY HQ JULIAN NEST
UN SOLDIER 1 DAVID DIMITRIOU
UN SOLDIER 2 DIMITRIS DIMITRIOU
COFFEE HOUSE OWNER MICHALIS IORDANOUS
COFFEE HOUSE OWNER’S WIFE OLGA SOFOKLEOUS

 

 

 

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CREW

SIMON FARMAKAS

An award winning Cypriot writer and film director. He has twice won the Best Cypriot film award and has flourished in cypriot and international filmmaking since the participation of his first short film, “Airport for sale”, at the 53rd Oberhausen Film Festival in 2007. He was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1972. His father was a pioneer filmmaker mostly working in television and cinema commercials. Simon practically grew up on his father’s filming sets. He inevitably got involved with filmmaking at a very early age.

In 2006 he directed the short film “Airport for Sale”, for which the lead actor Antonis Katsaris, won the “Best Actor” award at the ISFFC. It later screened in various film festivals abroad, such as Rome, Oberhausen, Seoul, Morocco and Los Angeles amongst others. In 2009 his second short film “Absent” premiered at the ISFFC at the Rialto Theater in Limassol in 2011 and was warmly received. The film tackled a distinctly arduous theme of modern Cypriot history, the people missing in the war of 1974.

His third film, “Stahia” (“Rye”), a sombre and intricate essay on a family’s response to an expected death, won the “Best National Film” and “Best Cinematography” award at the ISFFC and the Jury Prize at the Amsterdam Short Film Festival.

Simon Farmakas worked as a Director at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation directing a wide variety of television programs from 2010 until 2015.

“Sunrise in Kimmeria”, won the “Best Cypriot Film” award at the Cyprus Film Days International Festival in 2018. He wrote and directed the film, produced with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus.

 

“I am in love with Cyprus’ rural part of the population and their way of life. I find the straightforwardness of the village folk, and their kind cordiality, all the while strenuously leading their harsh day-to-day routines, immensely inspirational. 

I have always wanted to make a film that would portray this humble setting, and somehow rival it to more conventional ways, within the framework of a rudimentary narrative. 

The style of the film, and its multifaceted approach, with its messy, peculiar but contemplated shape, is very much like myself. I am indebted to my friends and family for their support, the actors and non-actors that took part in this peripatetic journey of discovery, sometimes even meandering off of the more conventional narrative paths, exploring and embracing the authenticity of the village folk I admire so much” –    

  • Writer/Director Simon Farmakas

 

Producer Antonis Farmakas
Producer Stefanos Farmakas
Line Producer Panayiotis Kalakos
Associate Producer Kika Hadjikoumi
Associate Producer Constantinos Nikiforou
Production Manager Alexis Nicolaidis
Assistant Production Manager Dimitris Taliotis
Production Assistant Eleni Nikolaou
Production Assistant Giorgos Spiris
Production Assistant Andrew Lazarou
Production Assistant Sasha Kovasevic
1st AD Katerina Barbatsalou
2nd AD Zenon Hadjipavlou
Script Continuity Christina Tryfonos
DOP Vladimir Subotic
1st Camera Assistant Stefan Betz
2nd Camera Assistant Kyriacos Mosfiliotis
DIT Panicos Petridis
Gaffer Peter Kramer
Best Boy Gaffer Robert Bartz
Electrician Harry Trakoshis
Grip Agamemnonas Zakos
Best Boy Grip George Trakoshis
Production Designer Lisa Tsouloupa
Art Director Constantina Andreou
Assistant Set Dresser Elena Katsari
Props Master/Set Dresser Savvas Keleshis
Standby Props Maria Efstathiou
Costume Designer Caterina Takka
Wardrobe Joanna Syrimi
Sound Engineer Christos Kyriacoullis
Boom Operator Stavros Terlikkas
Catering Evita Brolisa
Make-up Artist Evi Zafiropoullou
Hair Stylist Eleni Vavanou
Editor Aliki Panagi, Simon Farmakas
Music Adonis Aletras

 

 

 

A NOTE FOR THE DEVELOPING CINEMA OF CYPRUS

Quoting the funding body of the Cultural Services of Cyprus:  “Cinema plays a particularly important role in shaping the Europeans identity, not only with regard to the social aspects that we come across throughout Europe, but also in relation to the cultural multiformity that characterises the different traditions and our different history.
Also, as audiovisual works in general, it is an important factor for the good operation of our democracies, due to their influence on society. A cinematographic work is a cultural product which offers important opportunities to create affluence and employment. The European Union, determines the audio-visual and cinematographic work as a cultural product, and, on this basis, permits the provision of state funding for its production (Appendix III). The Regulations aim is to assist and promote the art of cinematography and culture. It is in full harmonisation with the requirements of the European Union on Cinematography.