Greek cinema will be represented at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival by the following films:
“Entwined” by Minos Nikolakakis
(World premiere, Greek with English subtitles, 89 min.)
Minos Nikolakakis’ enchanting, mystical debut tells the story of Panos, a doctor from the city who relocates to a remote village where he meets a spirit who will change his life forever.
Once upon a time, Panos (Prometheus Aleiferopoulos), a doctor from the city, relocates to a remote village, offering his services to its aging community. It’s love at first sight when he sets eyes on the fair Danae (Anastasia-Rafaela Konidi), who has a rare condition that causes her skin to resemble tree bark. Feared by the superstitious villagers, Danae lives in isolation deep in the forest, trapped in a proverbial castle, and our enamoured hero is determined to rescue her. As Panos searches for a cure for Danae, time stands still in the dreamlike paradise he now inhabits. Unbeknownst to him, however, Danae is not a helpless princess waiting for her prince — and it’s not long until she presents him with an ultimatum that will drain him of more than he ever thought possible. Though only days have passed, Panos is aware that, for both lovers, time is running out.
Director Minos Nikolakakis creates an enchanting, mystical debut inspired by Balkan legends and rural customs. The film’s vanguard approach is so total that we may not notice its lingering curiosities — making for suspenseful and intriguing reveals throughout.
Filmed in the Peloponnese peninsula, the origin of several ancient Greek myths, Entwined is a modern fairy tale on the precipice of realism. With its imagination cleverly concealed behind the logical and the lucid, the film reminds us of the human tendency to ignore what is felt and happening before our very eyes.
Minos Nikolakakis was born in Athens and holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Patras. His directorial credits include the short films Ticket to Ride (03), The Present (05), Marionette (07), The Happy Life (09), and The Attic (12). Entwined (19) is his first feature-length film.
Minos Nikolakakis has been producing/directing films since 2000. They focus on themes of cultural heritage, myth and magic realism. They have participated in international festivals (including LA Shorts Fest, Cinemed Montpellier, Uppsala and Flickers Fest), they have had a theatrical release and have received awards. They were supported by the Greek Broadcaster ERT SA. His short, THE ATTIC (2012), was screened in Egbert Baque Contemporary Art Gallery Berlin: David Bowie Exhibition. They have been used as a teaching medium in seminars at the department of Film Studies in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has produced features and documentaries. He has studied engineering and worked as a Civil Engineer in order to support his passion for filmmaking. He is currently in post-production of his first feature ENTWINED that received the CineLink award of the pack-and-pitch program of the 2014 Sarajevo Film Festival’s Talent Lab and was a jury member at the following edition.