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APPLES

by Christos Nikou

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?

international title: Apples
original title: Mila
country: Greece, Poland, Slovenia
sales agent: Alpha Violet
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Christos Nikou
film run: 90'
screenplay: Christos Nikou
cast: Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovasili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argiris Bakirtzis
cinematography by: Bartosz Swiniarski
film editing: Giorgos Zafeiris
art director: Efi Birba
costumes designer: Dimitra Liakoura
music: Alexander Voulgaris a.k.a The Boy
producer: Iraklis Mavroeidis, Angelos Venetis, Aris Dagios
co-producer: Mariusz Wlodarski, Ales Pavlin, Andrej Stritof
production: Boo Productions, Lava Films, Perfo Production
backing: Greek Film Centre (GR), ERT (GR), Polish Film Institute (PL), MEDIA
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