Lanthimos heads Film Center’s new funding slate
by Joseph Proimakis
Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to festival sensation Dogtooth [+see also:
film profile] dominates the new slate of titles to receive state funding, announced yesterday by the Greek Film Center (GFC).
Lanthimos’ new project, Alpis (“Alps”), is the story of a hospital night nurse who provides peculiar services to families that have lost their loved ones. She is part of a group called Alpis, whose members offer, for a certain fee, to replace the recently deceased in their random everyday exchanges with the mourning families.
Written by the director and Efthimis Filippou, who co-wrote Dogtooth, Alpis will be produced by Haos Film, an eclectic production house founded in 1997 in Austin, Texas, by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari and US editor Matt Johnson. Haos relocated to Athens in 2004 and went on to produce Lanthimos’ debut feature Kinetta in 2005.
Newcomers Maria Lafi and Taavi Vartia will also receive funding from the GFC, for their debut feature T’ Astra sto Nisi (“The Stars on the Island”), while acclaimed director Nikos Panayiotopoulos will be collecting retroactive funding for his latest feature, Ta Oporofora tis Athinas (“The Fruit-trees of Athens”), a screen adaptation of Sotiris Dimitrious’ short story set to reach audiences later this year.
Due to the current economic instability, the full amounts the films will be receiving cannot be determined before they actually go into production. However, funding for the two features will not be less than €200,000 each, while Panagiotopoulos' retroactive funding will reach €100,000.
Short films Lithi (“Oblivion”) by Gabriel Tzafkas and Dekatria (“Thirteen”) by Hristos Kanakis and feature documentaries Ta Pedia den Paizei (“The Kids Aren’t Playing”) and Nikaria Mou (“My Nikaria”) will also be retroactively funded.
Vassilis Yatsis’ I Patrida (“Country”), Andreas Marianos’ Diavolou Kaltsa (“The Devil’s Own”), Despina Charalampous and Panos Pappas’ Mnimi (“Memory”) and Antony Maras’ To Palati (“The Palace”) are the four short films that will receive GFC funding.