Above the borders

"Above the Borders" is a Greek drama-romantic film, directed and written by Sokratis Romilios. The production was done by Artistio and the shooting took place in Ikaria and Athens. Starring Christina Mathioulaki, Panos Boras, Maria Eleftheriadis, Elena Tsounou, Stelios Paraskevas.
The story takes place on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, which receives thousands of refugees every day. Elli is a young girl who falls in love with a refugee from Syria.
But soon she begins to face the xenophobia, racism and prejudice of the inhabitants of the island, since this relationship is judged by many as inappropriate. She will be called upon to choose between social imperatives and freedom.

  • Sokratis Romilios
    Director
    Goodnight, my love
  • "Above the Borders" is a Greek drama-romantic film, directed and written by Sokratis Romilios. The production was done by Artistio and the shooting took place in Ikaria and Athens. Starring Christina Mathioulaki, Panos Boras, Maria Eleftheriadis, Elena Tsounou, Stelios Paraskevas. The story takes place on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, which receives thousands of refugees every day. Elli is a young girl who falls in love with a refugee from Syria. But soon she begins to face the xenophobia, racism and suspicion of the inhabitants of the island, since this relationship is judged by many as inappropriate. She will be called upon to choose between social imperatives and freedom.
    Writer
  • Christina Mathioulaki
    Key Cast
    "Elli"
  • Panos Boras
    Key Cast
    "Asif"
  • Maria Eleutheriadi
    Key Cast
    "mother of Elli"
  • Elena Tsounou
    Key Cast
    "Mirto"
  • Vasilis Tsapaliaris
    Producer
  • Stella Tsapaliari
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 12, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 85mm, BMCC
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Rome Film Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    January 18, 2021
    Best Feature Film
  • Cyprus International Film Festival "Golden Aphrodite"
    Nicosia
    Cyprus
    November 17, 2020
    Cyprus International Film Festival "Golden Aphrodite"
    BEST SHORT VETERAN’s CINEMATOGRAPHY and B’ SPECIAL JURY PRIZE AT A VETERAN's SHORT FILM
  • BRIDGES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    CORINTHIA
    Greece
    December 25, 2020
    Special Jury Prize
  • Florence Film Awards
    Florence
    Italy
    November 5, 2020
    Florence Film Awards
    Finalist
  • Madrid Film Awards
    Madrid
    Spain
    February 6, 2021
    Finalist
  • Sweden Film Awards
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    October 18, 2020
    Semi-finalist
  • SoCal Film Awards
    Huntington Beach, California
    United States
    March 7, 2021
    Official Selection
  • New Cinema - Lisbon Film Festival
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    November 17, 2020
    Semi-finalist
  • Venice Film Awards
    Venice
    Italy
    December 5, 2020
    Venice Film Awards
    Finalist
  • Yard Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    December 18, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Venice Art Awards
    Venice
    Italy
    March 15, 2021
    Best International Short Film
  • Continental Film Festival
    Hollywood, California, USA
    United States
    Semi Finalist
Director Biography - Sokratis Romilios

Sokratis Romilios (born September 12, 1983) is a Greek - Australian filmmaker, screenwriter and artist. He studied Communication and PR in Greece and completed his Master in Marketing, in Portsmouth University (2011). He continued his studies in Digital Cinematography, in the University of Brighton.

He began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of "Goodnight, my love" in 2020. His second short film, "Above the borders" is a Greek drama-romantic film. The story takes place on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, which receives thousands of refugees every day. Elli is a young girl who falls in love with a refugee from Syria.

The story is set on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea which receives thousands of refugees every day. Elli is a girl who falls in love with a refugee from Syria.

Soon she begins to face xenophobia, racism and prejudice of the inhabitants of the island, since this relationship is considered inappropriate by many. She herself will be called upon to choose between social precepts and freedom.

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Director Statement

Discrimination against foreigners has spread across Europe like a plague, leading the continent down a spiraling whirlpool of polarization and hate.
My first aim is to make people recognize the fact that there is xenophobia and making the right steps to eliminate it. Love can eliminate hatred and unite the souls of people. Civilizations can only move ahead if they interact with one another.