Behind the Haystacks wins big at the 14th Greek Iris Awards
cineuropa.org | Vassilis Economou
The Thessaloniki-premiered feature by first-time director Asimina Proedrou has snagged ten of the Hellenic Film Academy’s major awards.
The Hellenic Film Academy has wrapped the 14th edition of the Iris Awards, where Asimina Proedrou's debut feature, Behind the Haystacks, has received the prestigious Best Film Award along with an impressive total of nine additional accolades. This achievement also marks a record-breaking number of nominations in the history of the awards, as the film got a nod in a whopping 17 categories. Behind the Haystacks, produced by Ioanna Bolomyti, Markus Halberschmidt, Vladimir Anastasov and Angela Nestorovska, portrays a tragic incident on Greece's northern border that has an impact on a local family of three. The film delves into their personal struggles and sees them forced to confront the consequences of their actions on a profound level.
Proedrou was honoured with three awards at the ceremony, including Best Director, Best First-time Director and Best Screenplay. Stathis Stamoulakatos and Christos Kontogeorgis were respectively recognised as Best Leading and Best Supporting Actor, while Dina Mihailidou received the Award for Best Supporting Actress. Behind the Haystacks also claimed three more accolades, such as Best Cinematography for Simos Sarketzis, Best Editing for Ilektra Venaki and Best Sound.