'SMALL ENGLAND' WINS BIG AT HELLENIC FILM ACADEMY AWARDS
SMALL ENGLAND, directed by Pandelis Voulgaris, was named Best Picture of the Year by the Hellenic Film Academy. In all, the film, a major box office success in Greece, won six awards at the Academy ceremonies on April 14. It had received 13 nominations.
Based on a beloved novel by Ioanna Karystiani, SMALL ENGLAND is a family saga set on the island of Andros in the 1930s and 40s. It is the story of two sisters who spend their lives in love with the same man.
THE ENEMY WITHIN proved to be a major contender, with three awards for editing, script and direction by Giorgos Tsemberopoulos. This tautly made film focuses on a life-long liberal who finds his beliefs challenged when intruders break into his home and assault his family.
Kora Karvouni was named Best Actress for her performance in Penny Panagiotopoulou's SEPTEMBER. She plays a lonely woman who becomes involved with her neighbors when she asks them for permission to bury her beloved dog in their garden.
MISS VIOLENCE, the controversial Venice Film Festival winner directed by Alexandros Arvanas, won two acting awards: Themis Panou was named Best Actor and Reni Pittaki, Best Supporting Actress, playing the Father and the Grandmother respectively.
Film Veteran Nikos Georgakis was named Best Supporting Actor for STANDING ASIDE, WATCHING.
Best Documentary honors went to Panayotis Evangelidis for THEY GLOW IN THE DARK, which chronicles the lives of two gay men living in post-Katrina New Orleans. Evangelidis was also honored with the Loukia Rikaki award, given annually to a documentary film director.