Private Project

Just Like Water

The movie is about the father of the director, Spyros, his life and experiences. He is the protagonist and narrator. Moreover, the movie seeks to promote the natural beauty of the island of Crete on which the father left his imprint. These are the places where the protagonist's family lived, crossing a path in life both in space and time...

The questions asked are, what is time and how do we perceive it? Do we really live the moments in our daily lives and do we give them their due value?

So, we follow a magical journey through time, embedded with vivid images of Spyros, grandfather, man, child ... A girl and a woman always there. A patchwork of images, accompanied by original musical composition, sketched in detail: it weaves the puzzle of a whole life nestled in the Island of Crete (Greece).

  • Manos Triantafillakis
    Director
  • Manos Triantafillakis
    Writer
  • Elina Daraklitsa
    Writer
  • Manos Triantafillakis
    Producer
  • Yiannis Papadantonakis
    Key Cast
    “Boy”
  • Electra Mitsimari
    Key Cast
    “Girl”
  • Maria Kastelianou
    Key Cast
    “Woman”
  • Manos Triantafillakis
    Key Cast
    “Man”
  • Yiannis Kiouranakis
    Key Cast
    “Grandfather”
  • Thanasis Nakos
    Key Cast
    “Storyteller”
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Dunedin International Film Festival
    Dunedin
    United States
    January 12, 2021
    Dunedin Premier
    Official Selection
  • Top Indie Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    January 30, 2021
    Tokyo Premier
    Winner: 1. Best Director Award 2. Best Original Idea Award / Nominees: 1. Best Short Film Award 2. Best Cinematography Award 3. Best Editing Award 4. Best Music Award 5. Best Wrighting Award
  • Best Film Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 31, 2021
    Nominees: 1. Best Director Short Film Award 2. Best Director Drama Film Award
  • Wandering-Lion Film Fest
    Detroit
    February 15, 2021
    Detroit
    Winner: 1. Best Film Award 2 Best Director Award 3. Best Cinematography Award 4. Best Score Award
  • Kish Mowj International Film Festival
    Kish Island
    February 21, 2021
    Kish Island
    Winner: Best International Film Award
Director Biography - Manos Triantafillakis

Manos Triantafillakis studied at the Athens Drama School George Theodosiadis. Attended Theater Directing Seminars at the Department of Theater Studies at the University of Peloponnese, Seminars at the Theater of Deaf Greeks by Esther André González and many workshops and lectures on directing and producing by the Greek Film Center and the Film Academy until today. In March 2016, he directed the work of "Cece" by Luigi Pirandello, which premiered at the Italian Institute of Athens and then premiered at the Art 63 Theater and toured throughout Greece until 2018. In the 2019-2020 he completed filming and the post production. Its titled "just like water". Also the theatrical play "Cecé" was filmed and is currently in post production too: https://youtu.be/yx5pnbWm5Fg
Manos Triantafillakis has curated the Music in 9 theatrical performances. His has acted as an actor to date in 30 theatrical plays, 7 movies, 3 tv series and 15 advertising movies. He is a member of the ΣΕΗ-HAU (Hellenic Actors Union), the National Center for Pirandello Studies for Southeast Europe and Cyprus, a member of the Cybele Institute and a member of the THE.A.MA. (Professional disabled and non-disabled theater group).

Manos Triantafillakis has curated the Music in 9 theatrical performances. He has performed as an actor to date in 35 theatrical plays, 7 movies, 3 TV series and 15 Commercials. He is a member of the ΣΕΗ-HAU (Hellenic Actors Union), the National Centre for Pirandello Studies for Southeast Europe and Cyprus, a member of the Cybele Institute and a member of the THE.A.MA. (Professional disabled and non-disabled theater group).

Gold Ermis Award winner of the year 2020 as Bomb Exprert: https://youtu.be/QiW0_VwRyu8
Unesco Director Award winner 2016 to theatrical play "Cecé" by Luigi Pirandello: https://vimeo.com/159073462
Grand Award winner of the year 2013 Douwe Egberds as Mexican: https://youtu.be/aajaEqJrAHk

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Director Statement

An important part of human life is time. It concerns him, it defines him. It all has to do with time running "Just like water" in combination with a life cycle that is constantly repeated.
The family is another important part in the course of his life. The place where he was born and raised. His place. His homeland.
I carry these precious pieces with me to this day. In my mind, in my soul, and on the screen.