Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Greek Tourism. An eternal journey!

Directed Script: Andonis Theocharis Kioukas 

Produced: QKas productions 

Text: Donald Morgan Nielsen

Music: ©Dimitris Papadimitriou 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Crete: See for yourself

Directed by Theo Papadoulakis, IndigoView Productions

Edited by Theo Papadoulakis, Allan Michael, and George Pada

Sunday, January 26, 2014

EROTOKRITOS (in production)

Athens, Greece, 17th century. Erotokritos, the king advisor’s son, confides to his best friend Polydoros that he is in love with Aretousa, king Heracles’ daughter. The king organizes a singing festival with the hope to catch the mysterious singer that rumor has him singing under his daughter’s balcony every night. Erotokritos kills two of the king’s guards when they are sent on the prowl to arrest him. Aretousa confides to her nurse Frosyni that she likes the singer but Frosyni urges her to come to her senses. Polydoros proposes a vacation to Erotokritos and they leave for Egripos so he can forget Aretousa. The king notices that Aretousa is sad lately and announces that he will organize a jousting tournament to please her. Erotokritos’ father, Pezostratos, gets very sick and all the royal family visits him. Aretousa realizes that Erotokritos is the mysterious singer after she discovers a manuscript with the lyrics she was hearing under her balcony and a painting, portrait of hers, inside Erotokritos’ room. Erotokritos returns from vacation to check on his father and discovers the missing manuscript and painting. He sends Polydoros to the palace to find out if the king knows anything and decides to play sick but Aretousa sends him a remedy gift so he understands she is also interested in him. Erotokritos takes part in the jousting tournament and wins. He secretly climbs to Aretousa’s balcony and they speak about their love for each other. Erotokritos tells his father that he wants to marry Aretousa and convinces him to deliver the message to the king. The king gets furious with the news, sending Erotokritos to exile and throwing his father out of the palace forever. Erotokritos secretly visits Aretousa and announces the bad news. They exchange vows of faith in the presence of Frosyni. Erotokritos leaves for exile, followed by his faithful slave, Pistentis. The king announces his plan to marry Aretousa with the prince of Byzantium. She refuses and the king throws her and her nanny both in jail. Erotokritos in exile, receives the news of Aretousa’s imprisonment and the threats of imminent attack of the Vlachs to Athens. His slave takes him to an old witch and she produces a potion. Erotokritos washes his face with the potion and transforms into a black, Saracen man. Erotokritos sets the slave free and decides to go to Athens and fight for its freedom. Erotokritos returns to Athens and joins the battle in favor of the Athenians. He fights so bravely that he forces many Vlach soldiers to flee and have both Athenians and Vlachs wondering who is this Saracen warrior that appeared out of nowhere. Vladistratos, the Vlach king, proposes to king Heracles a one-to-one fight in order to stop the pointless bloodshed, the Vlachs’ best fighter against the Athenians’ best. King Heracles holds a war council and they realize they don’t have any man that can match the Vlach champion, Aristos. Erotokritos enters the council and volunteers to fight. Erotokritos kills Aristos in an epic fight and the Vlachs vow for eternal allegiance to the Athenians. King Heracles visits the wounded Erotokritos and tells him that all his kingdoms now belong to him as well. Erotokritos denies the wealth and asks to marry Aretousa. The king fears about his daughter’s decision and urges him to ask her himself. Erotokritos visits Aretousa in jail and asks to marry her. She denies and then Erotokritos washes his face with the potion, returning to his real appearance. Aretousa is happy and relieved but proposes that he should change back to Saracen and proceed with the marriage. At the wedding, Erotokritos reveals his real identity to the king and the king forgives him, giving his blessing for the wedding and announcing him as the new king.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ, ο Δρόμος του Σταυρού 

Οι εκλογές της 6ης Μαΐου αποτέλεσαν μία ιστορική στιγμή για την Ελλάδα, μία πρόκληση για τη δημοκρατία της. Ηταν πρόκληση και για τους ντόπιους κινηματογραφιστές να συμβάλουν κι αυτοί στην ηθική ενδοσκόπηση που απαιτούν οι καιροί, καταγράφοντας με τη δική τους ματιά τα πολιτικά ήθη που ευθύνονται σε μεγάλο βαθμό για τη σημερινή κατάσταση του τόπου. Μαζί με άλλους πέντε ντοκιμενταρίστες (Κατερίνα Πατρώνη, Χάρη Ραφτογιάννη, Χριστόφορο Γεωργούτσο, Νικολία Αποστόλου και Γιάννης Μισουρίδη), ο Μάρκο Γκαστίν παρακολούθησε βήμα-βήμα την προεκλογική εκστρατεία τεσσάρων υποψηφίων για το βουλευτικό αξίωμα (Γιάννης Ραγκούσης για το ΠΑΣΟΚ, Νίκος Κωστόπουλος για την ΝΕΑ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ, Ρένα Δούρου για τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και Ηλίας Παναγιώταρος για τη ΧΡΥΣΗ ΑΥΓΗ). Με μια ασυνήθιστα οικεία ματιά πάνω στους πολιτικούς, το «ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ, Ο Δρόμος του Σταυρού» είναι ένα διεισδυτικό πορτρέτο της άσκησης της πολιτικής στην Ελλάδα σήμερα. Χωρίς σχόλιο, χωρίς συνεντεύξεις, αφήνοντας το θεατή να κρίνει μόνος του. 

DEMOKRATIA, the Way of the Cross   

The May 6th elections were a historical moment for Greece and a real challenge to democracy. The local filmmaking community, eager to contribute to the necessary soul-searching required by the times, documented the political (mis) conduct largely responsible for the state the country currently finds itself in. Along with five other directors (Katerina Patroni, Haris Raftogiannis, Christophe Georgoutsos, Nikolia Apostolou, Giannis Misouridis), Marco Gastine followed every step of the pre-election campaigns of four candidate MPs from different political parties (socialist PASOK, centre-right New Democracy, radical left Syriza and right-wing extremist Golden Dawn). Offering an unusually intimate behind-the-scenes look, "DEMOKRATIA, the Way of the Cross" is an insightful portrait of political practices in 21st Century Greece. With no comments and no talking heads, the film allows viewers to draw their own conclusions.
Σκηνοθεσία / Directors: Marco Gastine and Katerina Patroni, Haris Raftogiannis, Christophe Georgoutsos, Nikolia Apostolou, Giannis Misouridis
Σενάριο / Screenwriter: Marco Gastine
Φωτογραφία / Photo: Katerina Patroni, Haris Raftogiannis, Christophe Georgoutsos, Nikolia Apostolou, Giannis Misouridis, Argiris theos,Yannis Voliotis
Μοντάζ / Editor: Chronis Theocharis
Assistant Editor: Yiannis Voliotis
Production Mamager:: Nikos Giannopoulos (IMDB: )
Εμφανίζονται / Featuring: Yannis Ragousis, Nikos Kostopoulos, Rena Dourou, Elias Panayotaros
Production:  Marco Gastine (IMDB:
Ελλάδα / Greece

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Director: Yannis Smaragdis

With: Sebastian Koch, Catherine Deneuve, John Cleese 

GOD LOVES CAVIAR is the story of Ioannis Varvakis, a 19th-century Greek pirate turned businessman who made a fortune selling caviar in Russia. Varvakis strived all his life for freedom for himself and then for his country, entagled at that moment in a bloody uprising against the Ottoman rule, only to find that freedom cannot be won until it is shared. Corsairs in the Aegean Sea, political games at the Courts of Aikaterini the Great, the discovery and the exploitation of caviar, love affairs, friendships, betrayals, and family dramas compose the life of this important Greek. Events like those of Orloff, “The Society Of Friends”, and the Greek Revolution of 1821, are part of this fairy tale. Personalities like the Greek General Kolokotronis, Czarina Aiketerini the Great, Admiral Orloff and Potemkin, appear in this story, representing a period of time of which we know so little.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Visual Effects / Composer


Friday, December 16, 2011



O Jerusalem (2006)

A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The looser takes them all - Ο χαμένος τα παίρνει όλα / 2002

A lonely Man in his 40’s wanders with a canary named Belafonte, cigarettes, beers and pills to keep him company... He has no future and no present, only a past, a cloudy mind, poor health and a face that cops love to hate. Not to mention his obsession with “the Apocalypse of John”… 
The Man roams the city's streets, amongst the "women of his life". Tough chicks, casual flings, dark nights, filthy bars and strip joints, shady activities, and small hopes...
He works, when he wants or needs to, for "Fatty" a corrupted detective.
He steals, when he wants or needs to, from the usual known-unknown people that cross his path. Then, he meets the 19 year-old Kid... 

The Man finds a companion in the face of the Kid, who is willing to follow his escapades without asking too much…
They roam together now, surrounded by chicks, money, enemies, drugs, cameras, chases, and murders… The nights become dangerous and the days become strange.
Three women: Elsa, Miss Raspberry and Black Beauty join them as they decide to go for "the big money". Although they all have different reasons, the dream they share is to escape... To flee from the bar ELDORADO and move to an exotic island...
But without betraying the innocence of their own decadence, or the last drops of their feelings of affection. 

The adventure seems amusing before it becomes dangerous; and the journey to Heaven or Hell is certain – for those who can stand it…

MAN AT SEA / 2011

After a long separation following the death of their son, Alex and Kate meet again on board the oil-tanker Sea Voyager. That same day, Alex rescues thirty adolescent immigrants adrift in the Mediterranean. No country grants asylum, and the manager of the nearly bankrupt ship owner insists that Alex deal with the situation promptly. But each one of his efforts leads to a dead end. And while some members of the crew grow fond of certain teenagers, including Kate who gives motherhood a second chance, the majority feel that their “guests” have overstayed their welcome. Unable to handle the tension and wrapped up in his depression, Alex makes a series of wrong decisions, until he finally finds the courage to rise above the situation.

Ταξίδι στη Μυτιλήνη - Journey to Mytilene / 2010

Προσθήκη λεζάντας
Veteran filmmaker Lakis Papastathis combines nostalgic fiction with his personal experiences when reacquainting with his birthplace – Mytilene, on the Aegean island of Lesbos. Christos Hatzipanayotis plays Kostas – who is, ostensibly, an on-screen version of Papastathis – a filmmaker who returns from working in Paris to his childhood home after inheriting the family residence. His return sees him amiably reacquainted with relatives and friends; fond reminiscences facilitate a connection between the older, wiser Kostas and the same man as a ten-year-old boy. However, Kostas has to manage a daunting confrontation with a dark time in his family’s history, along with his relationship with Eleni – a young woman working at a nursing home on the island.

Director: Lakis Papastathis


Η καντίνα Νίκος χτυπάει την κρίση και ταίζει όλους τους πεινασμένους περαστικούς οδηγούς!
Ο πιο καθαρός αλλά και υψηλής ποιότητας που θα βρείτε απο οπουδήποτε!!!
Ειλικρινά αξίζει να τον επισκεφτείτε και να δοκιμάσετε τις γεύσεις του και με δώρο την σαλάτα...
Καλαμπουρτζής ο Νίκος και με μεγάλη χαρά να σας εξυπηρετήσει αλλά πάνω από όλα να σας ΧΟΡΤΑΣΕΙ!!!
Εγώ τον δοκίμασα και όταν θα ξαναβρεθώ στην Δράμα,θα είναι προτεραιότητα μου να ξαναδοκιμάσω τις πλούσιες μερίδες και γεύσεις του....


A small town in northern Greece: the film begins with Anna’s monolog in a theater rehearsal in a coffee shop. Manos, obsessed with Panselinos (a 13th century Byzantine painter), himself hidden inside a trivial life, watches her. It is the turning point for both of them. Anna, married to an abusive man, is mesmerized by Manos’ paintings and his kindness. They develop a powerful passion. Anna is pregnant; against all odds, she decides to keep the baby and leave her husband. After some time, Manos and Simeon, Manos’ friend who used to be a monk, travel to Anna’s town. Anna is there with her baby. The full moon promises its own light – nothing more, nothing less.

O διαχειριστής - THE BUILDING MANAGER / 2009

A gently ironic portrait of a midlife crisis. Pavlos takes over the job of building manager just as a sewage pipe bursts. Will Pavlos succeed in fixing the broken sewage pipe before he can fix his own wrecked life? Director Hoursoglou succeeds in creating a faithful, entertaining, and even touching portrait of "ordinary" interpersonal relations. Written by Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 

Director: Periklis Hoursoglou