Apples

by Christos Nikou

Synopsis

 

Logline

As an unpredictable, sweeping pandemic causes people to develop sudden amnesia, a man finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help him build a new life. His treatment: performing daily tasks prescribed by his doctors on cassette tape, and capturing these new memories with a Polaroid camera. Greek writer-director Christos Nikou’s debut feature is a surreal and enigmatic work, a beguiling exploration of identity and reality.

 

Synopsis

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) 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 (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery. Through images deadpan, strange and surreal, Greek writer-director Christos Nikou posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss, exploring how a society might handle an irreversible epidemic through one man’s story of self-discovery. Are we the sum of the images we compile and display of ourselves, or are we something richer, and deeper?

 

Specifications

Greece/Poland/Slovenia- 2020 – 90 min – 4/3 – Greek – First Feature

Written and Directed by

Christos Nikou

Co-writer

Stavros Raptis

Original Title

MILA

Produced by

Iraklis Mavroeidis, Angelos Venetis, Aris Dagios, Nikos Smpiliris (Boo Productions) &

Co-Produced by Mariusz Włodarski (Lava Films) & Ales Pavlin and Andrej Stritof (Perfo Production)

With the support of

Greek Film Centre, ERT, Polish Film Institute and MEDIA.

Cast

Aris Servetalis

Sofia Georgovasili

Anna Kalaitzidou

Argiris Bakirtzis

Crew

Editor:  Giorgos Zafeiris

DoP:  Bartosz Swiniarski

Composer:  The Boy

Sound Team: Leandros Ntounis, Saso Kalan, Tom Lemajic, Kostas Koutelidakis

Bio-FIlmo

Christos Nikou was born in Athens in 1984.

His short film KM participated in over 40 international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Stockholm, Palm Springs, Sydney, Tallinn Black Nights, Interfilm Berlin, and winning the Best Short Film Price at the Motovun Film Festival of Croatia

For the past ten years, he has worked as an assistant director on the feature films DOGTOOTH (Yorgos Lanthimos) and BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater), as well as 4 BLACK SUITS, NOBODY, CHRISTMAS TANGO, A GREEK TYPE OF PROBLEM and 7 KINDS OF WRATH and APPROACH.

Festivals & Awards

Venice Opening film Orizzonti (World Premiere)

Telluride IFF