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Magnetic Fields wins big at the 13th Greek Iris Awards

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- The Thessaloniki-premiered feature by first-time director Yorgos Goussis has snagged five of the Hellenic Film Academy’s major awards

Magnetic Fields wins big at the 13th Greek Iris Awards
Magnetic Fields by Yorgos Goussis

The 13th edition of the Iris Awards, organised by the Hellenic Film Academy, has wrapped, and Yorgos Goussis’ debut feature, Magnetic Fields [+see also:
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, received the Best Film Award plus four more gongs from among the seven it had been nominated for, during last night’s ceremony. Produced by Yorgos Goussis, Yorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis, the film observes the magnetic attraction between two eccentric strangers, as they cross paths on a mountainous Greek island.

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Goussis, who is also a well-known comic-book artist, received the Awards for Best First-time Director and Best Screenplay, which he co-wrote with the two lead actors in Magnetic Fields, Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos and Elena Topalidou, with the latter also picking up the Iris for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The fifth prize for the film went to Lefteris Volanis, for Best Original Score.

Another debuting director, Araceli Lemos, snagged the Best Director Award for her Locarno-premiered feature Holy Emy [+see also:
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, which racked up the most nominations of the night, with a total of 15. The second award for the film was handed to Hasmine Killip, as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Furthermore, the Berlinale Encounters film Moon, 66 Questions [+see also:
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by first-time director Jacqueline Lentzou received two Irises: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lazaros Georgakopoulos and Best Editing for Smaro Papaevangelou. As for the other performance-related accolade, Aris Servetalis picked up Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Pack of Sheep [+see also:
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by Dimitris Kanellopoulos, which was originally nominated for ten prizes.

When it came to the technical awards, the clear winner was the historical drama Smyrna, directed by Grigoris Karantinakis, which received five out of the 12 Irises it was in the running for. Among them were Best Cinematography for Simos Sarketzis, Best Make-up, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Special and Visual Effects. Finally, Monday [+see also:
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, the fourth feature film by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, which had notched up 13 nods, had to make do with the Best Sound Iris, which was handed to Leandros Ntounis and Roland Heap.

Here is the full list of winners at the 2022 Greek Iris Awards:

Best Film
Magnetic Fields [+see also:
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– Yorgos Goussis (Greece)

Best Documentary Film
Days and Nights of Demetra K. – Eva Stefani (Greece)

Best Minority Co-production
.Dog [+see also:
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– Yianna Americanou (Cyprus/Greece)
Feathers [+see also:
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– Omar El Zohairy (Egypt/France/Netherlands/Greece)

Best Short Film
To Vancouver – Artemis Anastasiadou (Greece)

Best Short Documentary Film
Latin Noir – Andreas Apostolidis (France/Mexico/Greece)

Best Short Animated Film
From the Balcony – Aris Kaplanidis (Greece)

Best Short Student Film
All the Time in the World – Danai Epithymiadi (Greece)

Best Director
Araceli Lemos – Holy Emy [+see also:
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interview: Araceli Lemos
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]
(Greece/France/USA)

Best First-time Director
Yorgos Goussis – Magnetic Fields

Best Screenplay
Yorgos Goussis, Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, Elena Topalidou – Magnetic Fields

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Lazaros Georgakopoulos – Moon, 66 Questions [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Jacqueline Lentzou
film profile
]
(Greece/France)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Elena Topalidou – Magnetic Fields

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Aris Servetalis – Pack of Sheep [+see also:
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]
(Greece/Albania/Serbia)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Hasmine Killip – Holy Emy

Best Cinematography
Simos Sarketzis – Smyrna (Greece)

Best Editing
Smaro Papaevangelou – Moon, 66 Questions

Best Original Score
Lefteris Volanis – Magnetic Fields

Best Make-up
Dimitra Giatrakou, Ioulia Sygrimi – Smyrna

Best Production Design
Elias Ledakis, Ioannis Papadopoulos, Mihalis Samiotis – Smyrna

Best Costume Design
Fotini Dimou – Smyrna

Best Sound
Leandros Ntounis, Roland Heap – Monday [+see also:
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]
(Greece/UK/USA)

Best Special and Visual Effects
Antonis Kotzias – Smyrna

Honorary Awards
Xenia Kalogeropoulou
Argyro Kouroupou

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