IN THE STRANGE PURSUIT OF LAURA DURAND
Direction: Dimitris Bavellas
Screenplay: Dimitris Bavellas in cooperation with Katerina Kleitsioti
Cinematography: Ramon Malapetsas
Editing: Giorgos Georgopoulos
Set design: Constantinos Papageorgiou
Original music: George Boussounis
Costumes: Maria Karathanou
Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Michalis Sarantis, Anna Kalaitzidou, Danis Katranidis, Yvonni Maltezou, Alexandros Logothetis, Nikos Hatzopoulos, Ilias Kounelas, Mary Mina, Kris Radanov, George Boussounis, Anastasia Plelli, Constantinos Gogoulos, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Maria Skoula
Producers: Gina Petropoulou, Lina Yannopoulou, Giorgos Zervas, Dimitris Bavellas
Production: Vox Productions in co-production with Two Thirty Five, Alatas Films – Konstantinos Alatas, Ammos Music, Cekta, Fantasia Audiovisual, Kent Films, The Coffee Films
Antonis Titsanis and Christos Fertakis are two friends who live together in a small apartment in Athens. In distress and secluded from society, they survive mostly with Christos unemployment benefit.
The two friends are united by their common, platonic love interest for Laura Durand, a pornstar of the ‘90s who disappeared mysteriously several years ago.
When things go from bad to worse, the two friends decide to go up against their fate and start the pursuit to find her. At the same time, they are entering into a fully-fledged, rock ’n’ roll Odyssey (including Lotus Eaters, Cyclopes, Penelopes et al) where film clichés intervene and eventually take over the story.
THE DIRECTOR: Dimitris Bavellas was born in 1976 in Neos Kosmos, Athens. He studied film directing at the Stavrakos Film School in Greece, and obtained his MA with distinction in film and moving image production from the Northern Film School in Leeds, UK. His debut feature Runaway Day had its world premiere in the Competition of the 19th Sarajevo International Film Festival, and was screened at more than 40 festivals around the world, receiving several awards along the way. In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand, his second feature-length film, had its premiere in the Official Competition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2019.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
2015 Sarajevo IFF – Mercato di Coproduzione CineLink Co-Production Market
2015 No Borders International Co-Production Market, NYC – Independent Filmmaker Project
2015 Euro-Mediterranean Co-Production Forum, Lecce
2017 Thessaloniki IFF – Europa South East European (SEE) Cinema Network: Premio SEE Cinema Network Award
2017 Kiev Molodist IFF – Boat Meeting
2018 Thessaloniki IFF – Concorso Agora Works in Progress Competition
2019 Tallinn Black Nights FF – Official Competition
2020 Mons IFF – Parallel Competition Program
2020 Sarajevo IFF – In Focus