Private Project

192 Nausikaa / ep.02: Deus Ex Machina

In Homer's Odyssey, the Phaeacian princess, Nausikaa, and her friends are the first persons in world literature to play with a ball. According to one version, goddess Athena altered the course of the ball to lead Nausikaa to Ulysses. 3217 years later, Diego Armando Maradona said that the same happened to him, when he scored the goal that is known as the "Hand of God".

  • Angelos Spartalis
    From the Earth to the Moon, The first kiss
  • Angelos Spartalis
    From the Earth to the Moon, The first kiss
  • Angelos Spartalis
  • Angela Svoronou
  • Greek Film Centre
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    192 Ναυσικάα / επ.02: Deus Ex Machina
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Hand-painted
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Angelos Spartalis

Angelos Spartalis (1973) is a painter, animator and cinematographer. He grew up in Crete-Greece and in Düsseldorf-Germany. He is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens (Mech.Engineering-Aeronautics). He lives in Athens and in Aghios Nikolaos, Crete.

<Film Festival Prizes and Distinctions> Finalists, Shakespeare Shorts film competition-animation (2020), Innovation Award, Hellenic Film Academy (2014), Golden Digital Alexander Award, Thessaloniki International Film Festival (2008), 3 Film Festival Audience Awards (Rhodes 2008, Thessaloniki 2008, Athens 2014)

<Solo Exhibitions> Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Justice of the Peace Court of Aghios Nikolaos (2015), Art-Fair ART-ATHINA (2014), Titanium Yiayiannos Gallery (2011, 2013), Municipal Art Gallery of Aghios Nikolaos (2004, 2012), Art Gallery L-S/Hotel Elounda Mare (2005, 2013), Modern Greek Art Museum of Rhodes (2001, 2003), KOZAS Gallery (2004, 2008).

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Episode 02 of 192 Nausikaa film is 14 minutes long and was completed in 2021. It is the first one of a series of nine episodes that will form a 90 min animated feature film. Although it is intended to form part of a future feature film, episode 02 is also an autonomous short film.

This film was created as an artwork and not a commercial product. It was filmed with real actors and then all frames were hand-painted with acrylic and oil paints on 300gr Bristol paper. In total, 5471 frames were painted (8 per second) within a 2-year period by Angelos Spartalis and 13 more painters. Color correction was done digitally. Also, excerpts from the following films were reimagined and painted: Cast Away, Watchmen, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Dialogues and songs were performed in ancient Greek. The chorus sings verses from Sappho's epithalamium "Sweet apple" and fragment "Golden-haired Phoebus" along the music of the traditional song "My red apple". Ulysses' monologue to Nausikaa consists of the original verses from Rhapsody VI from Homer's Odyssey.