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by Panos H. Koutras


After the death of their mother, Dany, 16, leaves Crete to join his older brother, Odysseas, who lives in Athens. Born from an Albanian mother and a Greek father they never met, the two brothers, strangers in their own country, decide to go to Thessaloniki to look for their father and force him to officially recognize them. At the same time in Thessaloniki, is held the selection for the cult show, “Greek Star.” Dany dreams that his brother Odysseas, a gifted singer, could become the new star of the contest, in a country that refuses to accept them.

international title: Xenia
original title: Xenia
country: Greece, France, Belgium
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Panos H. Koutras
film run: 128'
release date: FR 18/06/2014, IT 28/08/2014, ES 3/07/2015
screenplay: Panagiotis Evangelidis, Panos H. Koutras
cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Yannis Stankoglou, Marissa Triandafyllidou, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Romanna Lobats
cinematography by: Hélène Louvart, Simos Sarketzis
film editing: Yorgos Lamprinos
art director: Pinelopi Valti
costumes designer: Vassilios Barbarigos
music: Delaney Blue
producer: Alexandra Boussiou, Sébastien Delloye, Eleni Kossyfidou, Panos H. Koutras
co-producer: Juliette Lepoutre, Marie-Pierre Macia
production: Wrong Men, 100% Synthetic Films, Movie Partners In Motion Film, Entre Chien et Loup
backing: Eurimages, Greek Film Center, arte France Cinéma, MEDIA Programme
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Officine UBU


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2014 Un Certain Regard

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