Little England was the big winner at the “Greek Oscars”, the annual Hellenic Film Academy Awards that were held on April 14. The film, directed by the acclaimed Pantelis Voulgaris, led the nominations with 13 gongs, winning 6 awards overall for cinematography, costume design, scenography, sound design, make up and the distinguished Best Picture Award.
The film was praised by the public and critics alike, selling 360,000 tickets in the domestic box office. “Little England” refers to the Greek island of Andros, where the story unfolds during the 1930s and 40s. The family saga spans two decades of the history of modern Greece and follows the lives of the Saltafero sisters, Orsa and Moscha, as well as their parents, husbands and children. United and divided by a terrible secret, the two sisters spend their lives in love with the same man. It is a story of passion, family and loss and pays tribute to the seafaring men who left their homes behind and the strong women who waited for them at home.
Yorgos Tsemberopoulos also won big at the ceremony, claiming the award for best directing for his film The Enemy Within. In the film, Tsemberopoulos’ fifth feature, an intellectual is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs when violence invades his home and shakes his family to the core. The film also received awards for best editing and writing.
Kora Karvouni won the best actress award for her performance in September by Penny Panagiotopoulou, and Themis Panou took home the award for best actor for his role in Miss Violence by Alexandros Avranas. Panou also received the best actor award in the 70th Venice International Film Festival.