CINEMA, SOUL IN THE EYES
organization Art Promotion

SEPTEMBER

 

Greece, Germany – 2013 – DCP – color – 105’

 

Direction: Penny Panayotopoulou
Screenplay: Kallia Papadaki, Penny Panayotopoulou
Cinematography: Giorgos Michelis
Editing: Petar Markovic
Set design: Lili Kendaka
Music: Giorgos Zachariou
Cast: Kora Karvouni, Maria Skoula, Nikos Diamantis
Producers: Penny Panayotopoulou, Thanassis Karathanos
Production: Penny Panayotopoulou Productions

 

SYNOPSIS

Taciturn thirtysomething Anna lives in a small flat with her dog Manu, who means everything to her. After a distressing incident which disrupts her carefully guarded, secluded life, the solitary woman attaches herself to Sofia and her family, a happily married woman and mother of two children. Anna’s attempts to communicate her pain and loneliness gradually grow into the obsession of an individual persistently demanding love and acceptance.

THE DIRECTOR: PENNY PANAYOTOPOULOU

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Director, Producer, Writer. Born in Athens, she studied law and political sciences at the University of Athens. She then moved to London, where she received her BA in film directing from Polytechnic of Central London (Univ. of Westminster). Her short films have won many awards and participated in international festivals. Her debut film, Hard Goodbyes: My Father, premiered at 55th Locarno FF, won the Golden Leopard for Best Actor and set out for an acclaimed international career. The film received several prizes in festivals around the world and has been theatrically released in many countries world wide among others US, UK, Japan, Germany. Since then she has been writing directing and producing a number of creative documentaries. September is her second feature film.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“Having worked for years on anthropocentric, creative documentaries, I learnt that people, whilst narrating their stories, also recount another story, one they are often not conscious of. And more often than not, that other story is the more important one. This is what I try to achieve when reading a book, writing a script, preparing for a film. I try to locate the cracks in the story, the places where the light comes in and shines on what is not said. That’s what I tried to do in September.
Characters in September test their limits, their psychological boundaries by trying out perseverance in love, faith and belonging. The film is about some people’s “sentimental education” – about Anna’s sentimental education. The goal is always the joy of life. And life
is gushing from every little thing, from every little corner.”

FILMOGRAPHY

1985 And if you Hear from my Louise (short)
1990 Still Life (short)
1988 Eldorado (short)
1996 Like Rain Like Hail (medium)
2002 Hard Goodbyes: My Father
2013 September

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2013 Karlovy Vary IFF – Competition
2013 Toronto IFF
2013 Athens FF
2013 Hamburg FF
2013 Reykjavik IFF
2013 Mediterranean FF of Montpellier
2014 Mons International Love FF
2014 Belgrade FF