Unbuilt Light By Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis, 2017
Time strung together by recollections, encounters and dreams. A farewell over the three last months of a man before his final transformation.
Sarajevo International Film Festival (Short Film Competition), 8/2017 @Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Athens International Film Festival (Greek Short Stories), 9/2017 @Athens –
Awarded 2nd Best Short Film Award, Special Mention for Cinematography, Christos Voudouris
Time strung together by recollections, encounters and dreams. A farewell to all beloved over the three last months of a man living in a Greek provincial island town before he transforms into a tree.
Can age reinvent itself anew? Distilled age, age molded by our ancestors’ dreams, wills and desires, age formed by countless repetitions of little mundane transformations, of petty everyday dramas as the sun comes and goes in endless dawns and dusks around our dearest center of the universe. Inspired by the Greek Orthodox monk movement of the Hesychasts who enjoyed the vision of the unbuilt light [ἄκτιστον φῶς] of God with their repetitive praying practice.
Born with dual Greek/German nationality, Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis studied Informatics Engineering, and then Contemporary Arts at Le Fresnoy – Studio National in France. His films have won acclaim at festivals around the world. His debut short film, ‘II’ (2014, 16’), won the Pack & Pitch award at Sarajevo while in development, followed by a world premiere in the Pardi di Domani section of the Locarno Film Festival. He shot his next two films, ‘Odette’ (2015, 16’) and ‘Unbuilt Light’ (2017, 29’), while in residency at Le Fresnoy, with the latter opening in competition in Sarajevo. ‘Astrometal’ (2017, 15’) was nominated for a Golden Lion in the Orizzonti section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival.
man AGGELOS SKASILAS. woman KARINA NEUPERT BRATOS. hotel woman RINIO KYRIAZI. librarian VANA LAMBRINOU. party men TITOS BRATOS. STELIOS VOULGARAKIS. STELIOS BRATOS. IPPOKRATIS SANIDIS. KOSTAS STAMOPOULOS. ARIS SIFNAIOS. teenagers STRATIS TYRELLIS. VASILIS AFALONIATIS. DIMITRIS VALIOS
written by ELIZAMPETTA ILIA GEORGIADOU. EFTHIMIS KOSEMUND SANIDIS. directed by EFTHIMIS KOSEMUND SANIDIS. director of photography CHRISTOS VOUDOURIS. sound by LEANDROS NTOUNIS. art direction/costumes KIKI PITTA. make up/sfx KLEIS KOSEMUND SANIDI. executive producer YORGOS TSOURGIANNIS. producer EFTHIMIS KOSEMUND SANIDIS
an Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis Production in co production with Le Fresnoy – Studio Canal and the support of Horsefly.
2017, Greece/France, 29’10’’, 16mm, DCP, 2.40:1, Color, 5.1, Greek, shot on location in the island of Lesvos and Athens