10th London Greek Film Festival: 14-20 May 2017 - Films


Zenaida by Alexis Tsafas. 67’. Greece. 2015. UK Premiere. Fiction Feature Film.


Original Title: Zenaida

English Title: Zenaida

Greek Title: Zenaida

Duration: 67 min

Country of origin: Greece

Director: Alexis Tsafas

Producer: Kyriakos Chatzimichailides

Production Company / Companies: T-shot / Criola producoes

Brief synopsis in English: At 19, Zenaida has fully experienced the ugly face of the European dream. A victim of women's trafficking, born in Africa and trapped in a European city, she is coerced by her “owners” to work as a prostitute.  Her life has been gradually reduced to a pathetic meaningless routine and a recurring sequence of drug-induced hallucinations, which, whilst providing an escape from the present, bring back to life nightmares from the past.

Brief synopsis in Greek: Στα δεκαεννέα της χρόνια η Ζενάιντα έχει ήδη γνωρίσει το σκληρό πρόσωπο του ευρωπαϊκού ονείρου. Γεννημένη στην Αφρική, θύμα trafficking, εγκλωβισμένη σε μια αφιλόξενη μεγαλούπολη, απλά επιβιώνει μοιράζοντας την καθημερινότητα της ανάμεσα στους πελάτες της και τις παραισθήσεις ουσιών που της προσφέρουν αποδράσεις από το παρόν αλλά της προκαλούν και εφιάλτες από το παρελθόν.

Release Date: November 2015

Original Format: HD

Maria Stefanidou as Zenaida
Film directors Alexis Tsafas  & Yannis Fotou 
Script Vasia Karitinou
Director of photography Yannis Fotou
Editing Stamatis Magoulas
Sound Christos Papadopoulos
Set designer Dimitra Panagiotopoulou
Costumes Elisavet Kokonari
Make up Dimitra Giatrakou
Music Sudio Criola

Original Language(s): Greek / English / Portuguese

English Subtitles: Yes

Previous screenings / festivals worldwide:
Black international film festival Berlin – Germany
Festival International du film Panafricain  de Cannes - France
Fantasporto – Portugal
FESTin Lisboa – Portugal
The Exile International Film Festival of Gothenbourg – Sweden
Panorama of European Cinema Athens – Greece
Filmbox Berlin - Germany
Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Greece
Human District International Film Festival - Serbia
Festival Internacional de Cinema da Praia – Cape Verde
Awards and nominations:
Black international film festival Berlin *Best Fiction Film Award
Festival Internacional de Cinema da Praia *Best Fiction Film Award









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