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Suntan wins big at the Hellenic Film Awards

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- Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ coming-of-middle-age drama has picked up six awards, including Best Picture, while Mythopathy followed with three

Suntan wins big at the Hellenic Film Awards
Director Argyris Papadimitropoulos accepting one of his awards (© Studio Kominis)

Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ well-travelled Suntan [+see also:
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interview: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
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]
was crowned best of show at Tuesday evening’s Iris Awards, which were handed out by the Hellenic Film Academy (HFA). The much-celebrated coming-of-middle-age drama, which last week saw its New York opening welcomed with glowing reviews, confirmed its favourite status by picking up a total of six awards out of 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, as well as acting gongs for both its lead, Makis Papadimitriou, and his supporting co-star Elli Tringou.

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A close second in the nominations phase, Alexandros Voulgaris’ supernatural thriller Thread [+see also:
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failed to cash in on many of its ten nominations, finishing the evening with a sole Award for Best Actress, rightfully earned by Sofia Kokkali for her starring turn. Earlier in the evening, the Alahouzos brothers once again confirmed their status as the go-to powerhouse for special effects in Greece by picking up the Best Special Effects Award for their harrowing work on Sotiris Tsafoulias’ suspense drama The Other Me [+see also:
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.

Meanwhile, Tassos BoulmetisMythopathy [+see also:
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fared significantly better, garnering three awards out of eight nominations: the veteran director’s follow-up to A Touch of Spice dazzled HFA voters with its set design and make-up, picking up the corresponding awards, while Miss Violence [+see also:
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interview: Alexandros Avranas
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]
’s Venice-winning Themis Panou took home the Best Supporting Actor Award for his turn in Boulmetis’ politically charged nostalgic period piece.

Confirming the accuracy of San Sebastián’s Best New Director Award, the HFA handed its Best Directing Debut Award to Sofia Exarchou’s Park [+see also:
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interview: Sofia Exarchou
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]
(a haunting story of a couple seeking its footing in a crisis-battered Athens, which also won the Best Sound Award), and following the lead of Cannes’ Official Competition jury, Academy members picked Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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as the year’s Best Foreign Film.

The complete list of awards is as follows:

Best Picture
Suntan [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
film profile
]
– Argyris Papadimitropoulos 

Best Documentary
The Last Resort [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Thanos Anastopoulos
film profile
]
- Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan

Best Directing
Argyris Papadimitropoulos – Suntan

Best Directing Debut
Sofia Exarchou - Park [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sofia Exarchou
film profile
]

Best Screenplay
Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Syllas Tzoumerkas – Suntan 

Best Actress
Sofia Kokkali – Thread [+see also:
trailer
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]

Best Actor
Makis Papadimitriou – Suntan 

Best Supporting Actress
Elli Tringou – Suntan

Best Supporting Actor
Themis PanouMythopathy [+see also:
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 [+see also:
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]

Best Original Soundtrack
Drog_A_TekSpring Awakening [+see also:
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Best Sound
Stefanos Efthymiou, Kostas Varimpopiotis, Persephone Miliou and Valia Tserou – Park 

Best Cinematography
Christos Karamanis – Suntan

Best Editing
Yannis Sakaridis – Amerika Square [+see also:
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interview: Yannis Sakaridis
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]

Best Set Design
Spiros Laskaris – Mythopathy

Best Costume Design
Yioula ZoiopoulouRoza of Smyrna [+see also:
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]

Best Make-up
Katerina Barthalitou – Mythopathy

Best Special Effects
Yorgos and Roulis Alahouzos and Antonis Kotzias – The Other Me [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Best Animated Film
Aenigma – Antonis Doussias and Aris Fatouros

Best Foreign Film
I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
– Ken Loach (United Kingdom/France/Belgium)

Best Short Film
Limbo – Konstantina Kotzamani

Film Factory Short Film Fund
Postcards from the End – Konstantinos Antonopoulos
Jenny and John – Nicoletta Leousi

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