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The longest run by Marianna Economou. 74’. Greece. 2015. Documentary. UK Premiere.

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Original Title: THE LONGEST RUN

English Title: THE LONGEST RUN

Greek Title: Ο ΠΙΟ ΜΑΚΡΥΣ ΔΡΟΜΟΣ

Duration: 74’

Country of origin: GREECE

Director: MARIANNA ECONOMOU

Producer: SPIROS MAVROGENIS

Production Company / Companies: STEFI& LYNX, DOC3, MARNI FILMS

Brief synopsis in English: Filmed in a Greek juvenile prison and a court room, “The Longest run” follows the stories of Alsaleh from Syria and Jasim from Iraq who are accused of smuggling illegal immigrants. Through their telephone conversations with their parents in the Middle East, the tragic events of the war enter the prison walls and accentuate the boys’ anxiety as the date of their court case approaches. Their fear escalates as they realize that it is impossible to convince the Greek court for their innocence and that they can easily be condemned to 25 years of imprisonment. By focusing on their friendship and the human face of confinement and war, the film reveals an unknown aspect of the refugee issue and the dead end situation that many underage find themselves in.

Brief synopsis in Greek: Γυρισμένο στις φυλακές ανηλίκων του Βόλου και στο δικαστήριο της Κομοτηνής, “Ο πιο μακρύς δρόμος” παρακολουθεί την ιστορία του Αλσαλέχ από την Συρία και του Τζασήμ από το Ιράκ, που έχουν κατηγορηθεί για παράνομη διακίνηση μεταναστών. Μέσα από τις τηλεφωνικές συνομιλίες με τους γονείς τους, ο πόλεμος στη Μέση Ανατολή εισβάλει μέσα στην καθημερινότητα τους και εντείνει την αγωνία τους για την επικείμενη δίκη. Μετά από μήνες υπόδικοι, ο φόβος τους κορυφώνεται καθώς συνειδητοποιούν ότι οι πιθανότητές τους να πείσουν το ελληνικό δικαστήριο για την αθωότητά τους είναι μηδαμινές και ότι εύκολα μπορούν να καταδικαστούν σε 25 χρόνια φυλάκιση. Επικεντρώνοντας στην ιδιαίτερη φιλία τους και στην ανθρώπινη διάσταση του εγκλεισμού και του πολέμου, η ταινία φέρνει στο φως μια αθέατη πλευρά της παράτυπης μετανάστευσης καθώς και το αδιέξοδο που βιώνουν πολλοί ανήλικοι.

Release Date: October 2015

Original Format: HD

Credits:
Director/ script: Marianna Economou
Editor: Chronis Theoharis
Cinematography/ Sound: Chronis Pechlivanidis/ Giannis Missouridis
Original Music: Nikos Portokaloglou
Ex. Producer: Spiros Mavrogenis
Producer: Rachel Manoukian
Assoc. Producer: Daphne Panopoulou

Original Language(s): GREEK, KURDISH, ARABIC

English Subtitles: YES

Previous screenings / festivals worldwide:
DocLeipzig October 2015 - Honorary mention – International Competition Long &
Prize of the United Services Trade Union – VER.DI
DocPoint, Helsinki & Tallin - January 2016
Tempo festival, Sweden - March 2016
One World Festival, Prague – March 2016
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – March 2016
Crossing Europe, Linz – April 2016
Cinedoc, Athens – April 2016
Festival Cevennes, France – May 2016
Docsbarcelona – May 2016
LAGFF – June 2016
Guth Gafa, Ireland – August 2016
Budapest film festival – Sept 2016
Limassol Film Festival – August 2016
Patmos Doc Festival – July 2016
Kastellorizo -Beyond the Borders – Sept 2016 - Awarded
Aegean docs , Lesvos – Sept 2016 – Special mention
Docfest – Sept 2016 – Awarded
Marseilles, Films Femmes Mιditerranιe Doc Festival – Oct 2016 Hellas FilmBox – Jan 2017 – Awarded
3rd Peloponnese documentary festival, Jan 2017 – Audience Award
Awards and nominations:
DocLeipzig October 2015 - Honorary mention – International Competition Long & Prize of the United Services Trade Union – VER.DI
Beyond the Borders, Kastellorizo – Sept 2016 - Awarded
Aegean docs , Lesvos – Sept 2016 – Special mention
Docfest – Sept 2016 – Special mention
Hellas FilmBox – Jan 2017 – Awarded
3rd Peloponnese documentary festival, Jan 2017 – Audience Award
Selected for the European Film Awards (EFA) and the Greek Film Academy Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

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