Nights, gambled away – by Angeliki Antoniou, Saturday, 23.01., 23:45 (Hall 2)
Germany 1997, 89′, German
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After the death of her father, Maria travels to Berlin to visit her elder sister Helena, a dancer, who she hasn’t seen for years. However, when she arrives in Berlin she finds out that Helena has quit dancing and now works as a croupier in an illegal gambling club. As the two sisters’ relationship gradually becomes closer, Maria must draw Helena away from the underworld and help her overcome her dangerous addiction to gambling.
Born in Athens. She studied Architecture, in which she holds a degree in Greece and film direction at the DFFB (German Film and Television Academy in Berlin). She works as scriptwriter and director in Greece and in Germany. In 2006 she taught film direction at the Film School of University in Thessaloniki. She lives in Athens and in Berlin. She has directed feature films, short films and documentaries. Her films have been distributed in several European countries and have been awarded in numerous international festivals. Her last film EDUART participated in more than 50 film festivals and received 18 awards (Greece, France, USA and England) and as well excellent revues. EDUART was Greece’s submission for an Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Film 2008.
1987 PERSEPHONE, short, 20′, Award in Greek Short Film Festival in Drama
1989 GEFANGENE DES MEERES (PRISONERS OF THE SEA), documentary, 80′
1990 DAS GLÜCK SEI UNBEWEGLICHKEIT, screenplay, feature film, 60′, directed by Kirsten Johannsen
1992 DONUSA, feature film, 87′, Festival Locarno 1992 (Official Competition): A’ Prix de la Jeunesse, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 1992 (Official Competition): Best Supporting Actor
1996 TÄNZE DER NACHT (DANCES OF THE NIGHT), documentary, 60′
1997 VERSPIELTE NÄCHTE (NIGHTS GAMBLED AWAY),feature film, 87′, Rated by the German Movie Association as “specially valuable”, Int. Film Festival Hof 1997: Award for Best Set Design, 38th Thessaloniki International Film Festival 1997, 4 Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actress Award (for Jasmin Tabatabai)
1999 HEIMLICHER TANZ , TV movie, 88′
2000 ALLEIN UNTER MÄNNERN, TV movie, 85′
2001 MESSERSCHARF, TV movie, 88′
2006-2007 EDUART, feature film, 105′ (Greece-Germany)
In preparation: TO FIND HER SEA (working title), feature film