Pause – by Tonia Mishiali, Saturday 19.01.2019, 15:45, Cinema 3

Berlin Premiere

Cyprus, Greece 2018, 96 Min, OmengU, FSK: 18


Elpida, a middle-aged housewife, is trapped in the misery of an oppressive marriage, with a man who has no consideration for her feelings and needs. Her monotonous life is disrupted when a young painter is employed to paint the building she lives in. Her imagination then starts to flourish as she is confronted with her unquenchable desires, her body and the husband she has no love for. After he sells her car without her consent, she becomes vindictive and violent towards him, but her perception of reality is questioned when she has no recollection of events that actually happened.


Tonia is a Cypriot filmmaker and producer who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. She is a member of the European Film Academy and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, Berlinale Talents alumna and one of the artistic directors of Cyprus Film Days International Festival and vice president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus. Her short films Dead end and Lullaby of the butterfly competed in more than 60 International Film Festivals together, including Locarno, Palm Springs, Cork, Busan, Dresden, Sarajevo, Encounters, Drama, and winning several awards for Best Director and Best Film. Dead end is represented by SND Films (Amsterdam) and has been sold to Japan, China, USA, Belgium, Russia and France. Her debut feature Pause (2018), a Cyprus/Greece co-production, represented by Film Republic Sales (UK), has been selected to make its world premiere at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Festival. She is now developing her second and third feature films Hambis and the Goblins and Nala, the former of which is being developed through Sources2 scriptwriting workshop with funding from the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.