Massive Productions - the Filmsby akron-2 | created - 23 Mar 2011 | updated - 23 Mar 2011 | Public
Recent Films we produced. Features, documentaries & shorts
87 min | Documentary, Biography
Director: Pedro Olalla
Fugitive, student, mercenary, aviator, shipbuilder and sea dog, Manolis Calliyannis quit his homeland Lesbos at the age of 17 dreaming of becoming a painter and only a painter. Turkey, Palestine, South Africa, England, France, Crete, Lesbos and the bright waters of the Aegean Sea are the scenes where his life takes place as an unceasing search. In 2008, the Spanish Hellenist, writer and photographer Pedro Olalla meets Calliyannis and decides to devote a cinematographic portrait to him. An odd fate turns this creative adventure into the painter’s last confession, and what begins as an attempt of a documentary becomes under the circumstances a suggestive film about life itself and, what is more, about our amazement and perplexity before life.
2. Filia eis ta paidia (2011)
124 min | Documentary
Five elderly Greek-Jewish people tell on camera the story of their childhood hardships during the German Occupation in Greece.
Director: Vassilis Loules
Children in Hiding (Filia eis ta paidia) 2011
Five Greek Jewish children are saved from certain death by Christian families during the German Occupation. These children remain hidden for a long time. Days in total silence, days that forced them to mature suddenly.
Documentary Feature Original Title: (Φιλιά εις τα παιδιά) FILIA EIS TA PAIDIA English Title: CHILDREN IN HIDING Country of Origin: GREECE Original Language: GREEK w English Subtitles Year of Completion: 2011 (March) Running Time: 124 mins
3. Nikaria mou (2010)
85 min | Documentary
The film is shot at the island of Ikaria, during the easter festivities of 2009 and it depicts some very particular characteristics of this island. From the synopsis of the film: “Can an ideal society, based on love, solidarity and equality exist today? History says no. Reality though is different. Due to its isolation and poverty, Ikaria, has for centuries developed such social structures and attitudes.The film records the lifestyle and philosophy of the inhabitants, a lifestyle which is today in serious danger on account of “modernization”.
Downtown Athens, Hexarchea, today..... 2008.
Groups chatting amidst foods and drinks, between celebrations and absolute boredom:
- Is a forbidden fruit tastier?
- Whom should we ask: those who have tasted it, or those who have imagined it?
- Finally, is there fantasy in prohibition? .....
- Or is fantasy forbidden too?
5. Allos dromos den ypirhe (2009)
87 min | Documentary
THERE WAS NO OTHER WAY
ΑΛΛΟΣ ΔΡΟΜΟΣ ΔΕΝ ΥΠΗΡΧΕ
Documentary, 2009, GREECE
Summary Even after the Civil War had ended in the rest of Greece, a small rump of the Democratic Army, six men and two women, remained in hiding for 14 years in Chania, Crete, where they continued to take part in illegal political activity. In 1962, six of the former partisans escaped, via Italy, to Tashkent. The documentary focuses on the three who are still living.
The film reveals the "miraculous" endurance of the broken remnants of the Democratic Army and the self-sacrifice of the ordinary people who hid them. It shows that the main protagonists and the unsung heroes of this story are equally exceptional, embodying not just ideology, but a deep dedication to mankind and human dignity.
6. O gios tou fylaka (2006)
97 min | Drama
Markos, an ambitious young journalist on a provincial television channel is trying to retrieve a gun stolen from his Candid Camera-type show. His search leads him in the dead of winter to ... See full summary »
Markos, an ambitious young journalist on a provincial television channel is trying to retrieve a gun stolen from his Candid Camera-type show. His search leads him in the dead of winter to his mother's neck of the woods, one of the abandoned villages on the southwestern slopes of Mount Pindos. In his attempt to get the gun back he comes up against Elias, a strange young man who is the son of the guardian of the village. Their clash will have unforeseen results both for the two young men and for the few inhabitants of the village.