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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Greece

Christos Passalis wraps shooting on The Dragon Has Come

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- The Greek actor-writer-director’s debut feature is also the first film to start and wrap shooting during the pandemic era

Christos Passalis wraps shooting on The Dragon Has Come
Christos Passalis on the set of The Dragon Has Come (© Kiki Papadopoulou)

Greek writer-director Christos Passalis is better known internationally for his acting career, first in Yorgos LanthimosDogtooth [+see also:
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and more recently in Syllas Tzoumerkas’ Homeland [+see also:
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as well as in his latest film The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea [+see also:
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. Passalis is also a noted stage director. The Dragon Has Come is his debut feature as director, and the first Greek film to be shot during the pandemic era and to have wrapped after the end of the quarantine.

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The film follows an unusual and touching love story between Aris and Anna, who meet and fall in love in a dream-like town but soon realize they have more in common than they initially thought. However, the reason why they were reunited in this place remains unclear.

The screenplay was co-penned by Passalis and Eleni Vergeti. Passalis also has the leading role of Aris, while Anna is played by well-known Greek actress Angeliki Papoulia; both of them had previously co-starred in Dogtooth and The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea. Along with the leading couple, the cast includes prominent Greek film and theatre thesps, including Marisha Triantafyllidou (Her Job [+see also:
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), Sofia Kokkali (Thread [+see also:
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), Maria Skoula, Rania Oikonomidou, Thanassis Dimou, Vassilis Karaboulas and Aris Armaganidis.

The film was shot on location in and around Athens and the Attica region, and the production had the collaboration of the City of Athens Film Office. Cinematographer Giorgos Karvelas (Digger [+see also:
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) is handling the camerawork, while the film is edited by multi-awarded and Lanthimos regular Yorgos Mavropsaridis (The Favourite [+see also:
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) along with Marios Kleftakis. Hungarian Márton Ágh – known for his collaboration with Kornél Mundruczó in White God [+see also:
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and Jupiter’s Moon [+see also:
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– is in charge of the production design.

The Dragon Has Come is a Greek production by Maria Drandaki for Athens-based Homemade Films, in co-production with ERT SA and with support by the Greek Film Center and the National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication - EKOME S.A.

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