Directed by Pantelis Voulgaris 132 minutes
Greece. 2013. In Greek with English Subtitles. Starring Penelope Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali, Andreas Konstantinou, Maximos Moumouris, Anneza Papadopoulou, Vassilia Vassilakis
Greece's Official Entry to the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film nomination consideration. Winner of 6 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Film, in 2014.
Written by Ioanna Karystiani and based on an adaptation of her much-praised novel, “The Jasmine Isle," which was published in 1997.
"1930, Andros, a Greek island. 20-year-old Orsa is passionately in love with sailor Spyros Maltabes. Orsa won’t reveal her secret to anyone, not even to her sister Moscha. A free spirit, Moscha wants to escape the dictates of local tradition: women marrying sailors and spending their lives in loneliness. The girls’ mother, Mina, the shrewd wife of captain Savvas, is at the helm of the family. Her priority is to marry off her daughters to wealthy husbands. She turns down Spyros’ marriage proposal for Orsa, as he comes from a humble background; Orsa marries Nikos Vatokouzis, a captain and ship owner. After several years, Spyros returns to the island as an accomplished captain and marries Moscha. In the wake of World War II, suppressed feelings are rekindled and cruel games of fate reveal secrets, leading to devastation."
Select Festivals & Awards
- Winner of 6 Hellenic Film Academy Awards (Greek film academy), including Best Film and Best Cinematography.
Winner, Golden Goblet, 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival, China
- 2014 Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
- 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Meet the Filmmaker
Pantelis Voulgaris has directed a roster of acclaimed films, such as his feature debut, “The Engagement of Anna” (1972, FIPRESCI Prize – Berlin International Film Festival), as well as “Stone Years” (1985, Venice Film Festival OCIC Award - Honorable Mention), “Quiet Days in August” (1991) and “Brides” (2004). Retrospectives of hiswork have been organized in institutions such as the MOMA in New York, the National Gallery of Beijing and the Vancouver Cinematheque.
Opening Night Film
Sat., August 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM Central Valley Premiere
Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton