Giornate degli Autori | TO KALOKAIRI TIS KARMEN
Official Selection 2023 | THE SUMMER WITH CARMEN
Giornate degli Autori were born in 2004, as an independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, modeled on the prestigious ‘Directors’ Fortnight’ of the Cannes Festival and promoted by the associations of Italian film directors and authors.
While enjoying a day at Athens’ queer beach, 30-something Demosthenes offers to help his bestie and aspiring filmmaker Nikitas in drafting an idea for his feature debut, inspired by the events surrounding a certain dog named Carmen. Two summers ago, Demosthenes was stuck in Athens dealing with health issues of his father. This serves as an excuse to reach out to his ex, Panos. Meanwhile, Panos got the overly cute Carmen, something he soon regretted. Likewise, Demosthenes seems to have regretted breaking up with Panos. Or did he not? Struggling to transform real events into a hero’s journey, the two friends question the no.1 rule of script writing theory – the hero that changes – while turning a page in their long lasting friendship.
"The Summer With Carmen is a comedy about the futility of knowing thyself. It has a film within a film structure that constantly plays on the self-consciousness of the narrative, in a Charlie Kaufman way. Meanwhile, it’s an unapologetically out-and-proud film that spotlights the friendships between gay men, a complex and multifaceted typeof relationship that rarely holds the leading part in movie narratives." [Zacharias Mavroeidis]
Cinematography | Theodoros Mihopoulos
Editing | Livia Neroutsopoulou
Music | Ted Regklis
Sound | Stefanos Efthymiou, Kostas Fylaktidis
Production Design | Aliki Kouvaka
Costumes | Katerina Zoura
Casting | Akis Gourzoulidis & Sotiria Marini
Yorgos Tsiantoulas (Demosthenes)
Andreas Lampropoulos (Nikitas)
Nikolas Mihas (Panos)
and Roubini Vasilakopoulou