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Producers Vassilis Chrysanthopoulos, Gabrielle Dumon, Irina Malcea, Fenia Cossovitsa

Synopsis

A coming-of-age story of two teenage girls in a department store in 90s Athens unfolds through an unexpected game of power when they are caught shoplifting and taken into an interrogation room separated from the rest of the store by a single partition wall.

About The Team

Sofia Georgovassili (Writer-Director) is based in Athens, Greece and works as a writer/director and an actress. Her short film Preparation had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, 2017 and won Best Newcomer Director at Drama International Short Film Festival and Special Jury mention at Athens IFF, 2017. She was part of the Love, Europe project, a collection of 9 short films by various directors from different European countries supported by ARTE & ZDF. She is currently developing her first feature film under the title Mignon which was part of the Torino ScriptLab, 2018 and Oxbelly Screenwriters and Directors Lab, 2019. It was awarded with ARTEKINO award at Sarajevo FF, Cinelink Co-production market, 2019. She also won a special mention by the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) in Crossroads Co-Production Forum, Thessaloniki IFF, 2018 and was selected in Transylvania Pitch and Stop, 2019. She is now preparing to shoot her next short film.

Vassilis Chrysanthopoulos (Producer) Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos is the co-founder and head producer of the Greek production company Plays2place. His credits include the award-winning Miss Violence, Silver Lion for Best Director and Coppa Volpi for Best Actor in Venice IFF, 2013. He is a member of EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, EDN European Documentary Network and Cannes Producers Network. He is an alumnus of the training initiatives EAVE Producers Workshop, EAVE Marketing Workshop, EAVE B’est Workshop, MFI Script 2 Film Workshops and Midpoint TV Launch Workshop and has participated in more than 30 film co-production and pitching forums. The projects he has developed and produced have received more than 20 international development and production awards. The Screen International featured his profile in its article Five producers to know from Southeast Europe.

Gabrielle Dumon (Co-producer) After a Double Masters Degree and a dozen shorts as Continuity Girl, Gabrielle started working at ACE in 2001, a unique network of European producers providing tailor-made support in development, financing and distribution. During her seven years at ACE, she worked with about 130 producers on over 400 international feature projects. In 2008, she joined producer Bertrand Faivre as Production Manager at Le Bureau, in Paris and London. Made a partner in 2011, Gabrielle has been producing her own projects since 2014, among which Fabienne Berthaud’s Sky, Tiff Platform 2015, Vatche Boulghourjian’s Tramontane, Cannes Critics Week 2016, Matt Porterfield’s Sollers Point, San Sebastian competition 2017, Georgis Grigorakis’ Digger and Siamak Etemadi’s Pari which were both premiered at Berlinale Panorama, 2020. Digger won ArtHouse Cinema Award at the same section.

Fenia Cossovitsa, (Co-producer) is a Greek Film Producer with many years of experience in the development, shooting and post-production of feature films, documentaries, TV programs and other audiovisual projects. She has worked with internationally acclaimed filmmakers such as Peter Bogdanovic, Jonathan Nossiter, Tony Gatlif, Dominik Moll and Delphine and Muriel Coulin. In 2018, she coproduced and line produced Eden a TV series by Dominik Moll (Atlantique Productions, Lupa Films, Port Au Prince) for ARTE which premiered in Competition section of Series Mania 2019. She is currently co-producer and line-producer in the TV series Tehran by Daniel Syrkin for the Israeli broadcaster KAN and Cineflix Canada. Her productions took part in many festivals and have won numerous recognitions including the “Leica DiscoveryAward” at Critic’s week Cannes 2018 for HECTOR MALOT – The last Day of the Year, the ArtHouse Cinema Award for Digger, 2020, Berlinale, Panorama and more. Her latest co-production feature Monday will have its world premiere at Tribeca FF, 2020.

Irina Malcea (Co-producer) With a background in Political Sciences, Romanian producer Irina Malcea started working in cinema in 2011. Two years later, she sets up the production house Luna Film. She is the producer of the documentary features Teach by Alex Brendea, I am Hercules by Marius Iacob, co-producer of Ines Tanovic’s The son, executive producer on Andrei Cretulescu’s debut Charleston and from the Romanian side, on the Bulgarian co-production Palace for the People. Irina is an alumna of EAVE Producers Workshop, PUENTES and Berlinale Talents.

Tudor Vladimir Panduru (Director of Photography) is a young Romanian cinematographer. Tudor is working in feature and short films as well as advertisements, worldwide. He developed his visual sensibility through photography before studying cinematography at the National Film and Theater university ‘I.L Caragiale’. He also holds an MA in the Art of Cinematography at the same university. His debut film as a DoP was the acclaimed feature Bacalaureat, 2016 by Palm D’Or winner Cristian Mungiu. The film won Best director award at the 2016 Cannes FF and was nominated for best cinematography at Manaki Brothers FF. Tudor won Best cinematography award at Leece FF for the Georgian feature My happy family which was premiered in the official competition at Sundance FF, 2017 and was part of the forum at Berlinale, same year.  His latest work Malmkrog, 2019, directed by Cristi Puiu, opened the Encounters section at Berlinale, 2020 and won Best director award.

Mignon is a Cinereach grantee.