An off-the-grid living, disgruntled writer falls in love with a blue-eyed woman he meets at a diner at midnight not knowing that she’s the fiancé of a criminal boss.
Iannis AliferisWriterOnly Love Matters
Number of Pages:95
Country of Origin:Greece
Santa Monica International Filmmaker AwardsSanta Monica, USA
August 31, 2023
Semi-Finalist/Best Unproduced Script
Hollywood Gold AwardsLos Angeles, USA
August 27, 2023
Official Selection/Feature Script
Vesuvius International Film FestCampania, Italy
September 2, 2023
Official Selection/Best Script (unproduced work)
Iannis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His romantic dramedy script "Only Loves Matters" won a Gold Award for Original Screenplay from the Hollywood Gold Awards, during the film’s successful festival run, while his noir thriller screenplay “Samantha Rutledge P.I, A Killer Case” was a Finalist at the Manhattan Film Festival and his romantic action comedy script “Valentina, Relationship Killer” won Best Unproduced Screenplay at the Berlin International Art Film Festival. Prior to that, his dramedy screenplay "Mary and Dionysus" was a Semi-Finalist at the Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Competition, and his short film "Headz" won a Gold Lion Award at the London Film Awards. When not writing screenplays or making films, he scribes short stories and comic books. He’s a sucker for rakomelo, dark chocolate, and honey. Finally, he's a firm believer that humankind was at its best during the thousands of years of hunting and gathering but knows that, unfortunately, he wouldn't last two days alone in the wilderness.
It started with a vision, a visual, with a simple scene…
It is a stormy night and a man is scribbling feverishly into his notebook in a diner when the clock strikes midnight and a woman with striking blue eyes comes in. They talk, bunter, and flirt when suddenly in rush some men in suits and take her away, not with force but with a certain familiarity – as if it is a play enacted many times already. Before she departs, the woman tells the distraught man to come and see her sing, that is the only clue he’s given, that
The above call to adventure or inciting incident reads like a fairytale and that is a certain quality to Midnight Blues, it is rather like a modern romantic fable, and like most such tales of yesteryear, in their original form, the ending might not be a happily ever after for our protagonists. Midnight Blues is also part noir, in its mood, what with the use of fluorescent billboard lighting, melancholic vibe, the crime subgenre, and with the night itself being a character all its own.
At heart though, it is a classic romance, a forbidden one at that, and is it not true that they tend to make for the most memorable ones?