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CULTURAL ORGANISATION - SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN DRAMA
MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS - MUNICIPALITY OF DRAMA

Alaska

2018

Name: Michalis Giagkounidis

Country: Greece

Genre: Drama, coming-of-age film

Tagline: Where the ice-cream is free.

Logline: Every time reality is getting tough for herself and her younger brother, stubborn Katerina finds shelter in her fantasy and dance.

Synopsis: Katerina, eleven years old, lives with her younger brother Alkis (7), and their eccentric Grandfather. Their parents have passed away, but Grandfather has told the children that they have migrated to Alaska to seek their fortunes.
 
The opening scene is set in the schoolyard, where Katerina pours water on a boy who is bullying Alkis. Later, on their way home, she steals food from a small local shop; the black clerk of the shop turns a blind eye.
 
In the house, Grandpa asks Katerina to pick up a card from a card deck and then he tries to make a guess. Katerina says he failed.  Grandpa talks about Alaska, the land of opportunities and ice cream. Katerina, passes through a door in her closet and she finds herself in a ball room where she dances with the black clerk. Grandpa falls down. In her sleep, Katerina gets a picture with all her family and Alaska at the background.   
 
The next morning, Grandpa doesn’t wake up. Katerina asks for help in their block of apartments, but she only finds a family of immigrants in one of the flats. When the ambulance arrives, she tells the nurse that their parents are dead; Alkis is shocked. Katerina tries to find again shelter in her imagination, this time in vain. Alkis plays with the Grandpa’s card deck and Katerina admits that Grandpa had guessed the right card, but she deliberately lied. Later, she manages to escape in fantasy. She dances with the black clerk in the streets, while passers-by glorify them. Back to reality, the two kids walk, nobody pays attention, they are vanished into the crowd.


Michalis Giagkounidis  (Writer/Director)
Short cv: Michalis Giagkounidis was born in Serres in 1973. He has lived in Drama, Thessaloniki and Syros. He worked in the banking sector until  2014. In 2016 he graduated from the School of Film, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and he is currently a PhD candidate in Film History and Theory at the same School.
During his studies, he has directed short films, as well as trailers and theatrical performances.
His first feature, “4 meres/4 Days” was completed in response to the requirements for his final thesis under the supervision of Professor Pericles Choursoglou, and it was funded by the Greek Film Centre (EKK) in the context of the "Program for Support of Already Completed Film Works". The film was screened in the following festivals:
41 Internacional de Cinema, Sao Paulo, 19/10-1/11/2017
“4 days”, Section: New Directors Competition.
58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2-12/11/2017
“4 meres”, Section: Thessaloniki International Film Festival/ First Run.


Anna Monogyiou (Producer)
Short cv: Anna Monogyiou is a graduate of the School of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and she has worked as a lawyer for more than 20 years in Thessaloniki. Since 2006 she studies at the School of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
 
She has been the producer of two feature films:
 
"4 Days", 79 ', 2017, directed by Michalis Giagkounidis, 41 Internacional de Cinema, Sao Paulo, 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
 
"Common Place", 61 ', directed by Penny Bushka, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2016, Syros Festival 2017.
 
She has also been the producer of several short films, including:
 
"We, the Others", 2015, directed by Nikos Goulios, Contorto Festival 2017, Piacenza, Italy.
 
" Cliché 32", 2012, directed by Athena Bourika, 15th Biennale de la Mediterranee Thessaloniki-Rome.
 
"Zarden", directed by Nikos Goulios, 34th Drama Short Film Festival (special mention) Fesancor 2011 Festival in Santiago, Unlimited # 5 Cologne, Fenaco 2011, Sicily of Peru.
 
Languages: Greek (native), English (good), French and Italian (basic)
 


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