Veteran Greekdirector Theo Angelopoulos is probablythe only name internationallyrecognisable among his local peers. If the Greekfilm industry has any hope of making an impact in the internationalmarket this lies with a handful of new directors who have the means and thetalent required.
Womanwriter/director Olga Malea is probably the most prominent among there - . withthree box office hits to her credit, Malea is currently putting the finaltouches to her latest film Sugar AndSpice.
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Despite herprevious successes, Malea encountered serious obstacles to getting the filmfinanced, probably because of the delicate subject matter, never before tackledin the local film industry. After two years of searching she managed to secure the backing of producer Tassos Papandreou (who also producedRisotto). "Papandreou is a veryopen-minded person, says Malea, and we work very well together. He has anunmistakable instinct about story telling and about casting. His advice isinvaluable to me."
Papandreou, thoughintrigued by the originality of Sugar AndSpice, also wanted to split the risk. Greek TV channel MEGA, distributorPandelis Mitropoulos (Prooptiki S.A.)and the Greek Film Center decided to get involved in the project asco-producers and to back the picture'smodest Euros 600,000 budget.
The film was shotduring eight weeks in Athens and the provinces and is due to hit the screensearly next year distributed by Prooptiki's Mitropoulos who is also handlinginternational sales. Before that, this provocative and impressive piece of filmmaking should be able to secure a berth in a major international festival.
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