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by Constantinos Giannaris


Based on actual events. A young Albanian immigrant boards an intercity bus on its daily route to northern Greece. Pulling out a gun and a grenade, he allows most of the passengers to leave, but he keeps seven of them hostage. demanding a ransom and safe passage back to his country. Throughout the journey, scattered flashbacks of those onboard reveal the complex web of guilt, secrets and regrets they cling to as they fear for their lives. Broadcast live on national television they are surrounded by a convoy of television crews, desperate relatives, by-standers and police cars. The bus crosses into Albania, and a nation holds its breath...

international title: Hostage
original title: Omiros
country: Greece, Turkey
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Constantinos Giannaris
film run: 105'
screenplay: Constantinos Giannaris
cast: Stathis Papadopoulos, Theodora Tzimou, Giannis Stankoglou, Minas Hadjisavas, Arto Apartian
cinematography by: Panagiotis Theofanopoulos
film editing: Ionna Spiliopoulou
art director: Maria Konomi
costumes designer: Maria Konomi
music: Nikos Patrelakis
producer: Giorgos Lykiardopoulos, Constantinos Giannaris, Baran Seyhan, Jale Onanç
production: C. Giannaris Films (TR)
backing: Greek Film Centre
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