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Xenia (2014)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 2014 (France)
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Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away.


Panos H. Koutras
10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kostas Nikouli ... Dany
Nikos Gelia ... Odysseas
Yannis Stankoglou ... Lefteris
Marisha Triantafyllidou ... Vivi
Romanna Lobach ... Maria-Sonia
Aggelos Papadimitriou ... Tasos
Patty Pravo ... Patty Pravo
Mohamed Alhanini Mohamed Alhanini ... Achmat
Ioulios Tziatas ... Moustafa
Electra Leda Koutra ... Lawyer
Konstantinos Georgopoulos Konstantinos Georgopoulos ... Stefanos
Vangelis Alexandris ... Police Officer
Gerasimos Pavlou ... Policeman
Polydoros Vogiatzis ... Kostas
Nektaria Giannoudaki ... Singer on Yaught


Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away. Determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, little do they know that the road to the much-coveted Greek citizenship is paved with ghosts from the past, adult savagery and a dream that needs to come true, no matter what. Reaching the end of this initiatory journey they eventually come of age even if Greece refuses to follow. Written by Xenia

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Together they will go far. See more »


Drama | Romance


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Panos H.Koutras said that he will not accept the awards from Hellenic Film Academy until Government of Greece passes law granting citizenship to children of second generation immigrants, born and raised in Greece. See more »


References Pokémon (1997) See more »


Performed by Patty Pravo
Lyrics by Franco Migliacci
Composed by Bruno Zambrini & Ruggero Cini
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Winner Best Film Award - Hellenic Film Institute
19 March 2019 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

The movie «Xenia» (with the accent on the i, but I will not tell you what it is in the story) is more Aristotelian than other Greek adventures of recent vision, with a "secure structure" built on cause and effect, and it is also more sentimental, more melo-Greekly passionate... And very gay in tone (by courtesy of director Panos Koutras), although no sexual orientation is the core of the plot. It has to do with two brothers born in Crete, children of an Albanian woman who has just died and a Greek man who abandoned them. Suddenly the younger one realizes that his brother and he were not recognized, they have no documents, they are strangers in their own land, so out they go in search of their (s.o.b.) father, while some dreams are sought after and a maturing process leads them to their goals. Excellently played by the two leading actors, Kostas Nikouli and Nikos Gelia, the film combines the harsh realities of xenophobia and privation with beautiful scenes, like a brief night cruise by boat, while the boys sleep on board and on the shore the vessel is escorted by the entities in their fantasies during childhood, a period signed by abuse (David Lynch would applaud) and some surprises like Dido, the rabbit. «Xenia» won the Hellenic Film Academy awards for Best Motion Picture, Direction, Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing and Costumes; and the Best Film Award at the festivals of Gijón and Chicago.

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Greek | Albanian | Italian

Release Date:

18 June 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kozani, Greece See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$358, 11 October 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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