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Mila (Apples)

Orizzonti

Director:
Christos Nikou
Production:
Boo productions (Iraklis Mavroeidis, Angelo Venetis, Nikos Smpiliris, Aris Dagios, Christos Nikou), Lava Films (Mariusz Wlodarski), Perfo Production (Ales Pavlin, Andrej Stritof)
Running Time:
90’
Language:
Greek
Country:
Greece, Poland, Slovenia
Main Cast:
Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovasili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argyris Bakirtzis
Screenplay:
Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis
Cinematographer:
Bartosz Swiniarski
Editor:
Giorgos Zafeiris
Production Designer:
E Birba
Costume Designer:
Dimitra Liakoura
Music:
The Boy
Sound:
Leandros Ntounis, Saso Kalan, Tom Lemajic, Kostas Koutelidakis

synopsis

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna, a woman who is also in recovery.

director's statement

How selective is our memory? Do we remember what we have experienced or what we have chosen to remember? Can we forget the things that hurt us? Could it be that deep down we don’t want to forget painful experiences because without them we lose our existence? In the end, are we simply the sum of all those things we don’t forget? Mila, an allegorical comedy-drama, is in its core an effort to explore how our memory functions and how this affect us. How emotions affect our memory, and especially how our memory is affected by technology, which nowadays makes it very easy to record information. Could it be that all this advance in technology has made our brain “lazier” and thus we remember fewer and fewer events, fewer and fewer emotions? Could it be that we have ended up living “less”? The film is also about how we are dealing with the loss of our memory; the loss of our beloved ones, of our emotions. It is exciting, and in a way absurd, how quickly time passes from the moment we enter adulthood. My intention with this film is to create a familiar world in a recent past, in a society where technology is not so present. A society of lonely people where amnesia is spreading like a virus. Mila starts in a dystopian environment, but very soon shifts to a more anthropocentric approach. We shot the film to follow our main character with the camera in order to present his isolation within the narrow frame. To allow us to follow his emotions up close, we used the 4:3 aspect ratio, a format with a direct reference to a recent past which is clearly related to the polaroid photos that are a very significant element of the story.

DISTRIBUTORS/PRODUCERS

PRODUCTION 1: Iraklis Mavroeidis - BOO PRODUCTIONS
26 Ierou Lochou Str.
15124 – Athens, Greece
Tel. +30 210 6100730
Mob. +30 694 4691499
hercules@booproductions.gr
http://www.booproductions.gr/films/
https://www.facebook.com/applesfilm

PRODUCTION 2: Nikos Smpiliris, Angelo Venetis, Aris Dagios, Christos Nikou - BOO PRODUCTIONS
26 Ierou Lochou Str.
15124 – Athens, Greece
Tel. +30 210 6100730
Mob. +30 697 4858166
nikos@booproductions.gr
http://www.booproductions.gr/films/

PRODUCTION 3: Mariusz Wlodarski – Lava Films
Ul. Gandhiego 7/30
91012 – Lodz, Poland
Tel. +48 506 061 974
mariusz@lavafilms.pl
http://www.lavafilms.pl

PRODUCTION 4: Ales Pavlin, Andrej Stritof - PERFO PRODUCTION
Trg MDB 4
1000 – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel. +386 40 425 140
ales.pavlin@perfo.si
http://www.perfo.si

WORLD SALES: Virginie Devesa, Keiko Funato – Alpha Violet
18 rue Soleillet
75020 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 014797 3984
Mob. + 33 062041 1137
info@alphaviolet.com
http://www.alphaviolet.com/apples

PRESS OFFICE: Claudia Tomassini – International Film Publicity
Saarbrücher Str. 24
10405 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 3047377733
Mob. +49 1732055794
claudia@claudiatomassini.com

PRESS OFFICE USA: Ryan Werner, Rachel Allen - Cinetic Marketing
ryan@cineticmedia.com;
rachel@cineticmedia.com


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