Private Project

Where art though the Years

During the years of the financial crisis in Greece, a couple of disabled people, a Man and a Woman applied for benefits to the Greek government. The years passed and the couple waited to receive the benefits. They worked any job they could do, selling handmade bags, napkins or any kind of labor. The Woman strived to have a child, but she needed an operation, she could not afford to get. Their mental and physical health deteriorated. Three weeks after their death, the greek government credited the benefits in their account.

    How dreams were rescued, first prize in playwriting by the Greek ministry of culture
  • Odyseaas Denis Zervos / Zafiratos
    Key Cast
    "A Man"
    director of the shore, Toronto film festival
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  • Genres:
    drama, experimental
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
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    Black & White and Color
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Hristina Noland Hrisohou aka Christina Vavelidou holds a Master's of Arts in theatre with a focus acting by the highly ranked acting school Rose Bruford College, London.
A daughter of Academics, she spent her first years in Heidelberg, Germany and later grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece.
As a young adult, she won the first prize in a play writing national competition held by the Hellenic Ministry of Civilization.
These last years, she has been experimenting with directing and screenwriting, filming and being involved in all the aspects of her own few indie, low budget short films. They were filmed in true guerrilla filmmaking fashion with various inexpensive cameras and her iPhone in repetition, with small to non existent crews. Periodically, she screened these experimental films to her friends and colleagues, while striving to develop her own artistic voice.
Furthermore, she has started pursuing more mainstream avenues, applying for funding with a what she calls her blockbuster to be screenplay Promethea. Moreover, she is looking to fund her sarcastic, again quite improvised creation, destined for a mini series called Nadja, the Vampiress  Romanian Queen and her friends in Athens. For that, she already paired with fellow actors to film a few scenes on the streets of Athens on her phone, for a base sample and experiment for the actual tv series to come.
She is a native in English & Hellenic, plus speaks French and German and has lived and worked on and off in London, L.A, Paris and Athens. She is also a qualified greek solicitor with an LLM in entertainment law.
Her main profession is that of an actor. She featured in widely acclaimed & award winning festival films - for example Costa Gavras Adults in the room in Venice Film Festival. She also was the lead in indie all genre feature and short films of avant- garde filmmakers and a few well received Hellenic Tv series,  which can be found on major streaming platforms, like Amazon, in Europe and the USA.  In theatre, she acted in and with the Actors' Gang in L.A, directed by academy award winner Tim Robbins. This winter she was one of the lead actors, portraying an Albanian sex worker in the historical theatre Broadway in Athens, in a sold out ensemble of a best seller greek book and received warm critics reviews. 
Furthermore, she works as an actors' tutor holding private online sessions, teaching her own acting method called British Acting Technique to acting students and professional actors, who wish to extend their knowledge and further their career in the entertainment industry. 
While in London, she worked in casting international mainstream TV series. Then, as a casting director for indies and in the public relations department of the Thessaloniki Film Festival.
Since 2015, she has been the executive director of the non profit educational organization International Casting Directors in Athens and a filmmaker in affiliation with NolandFilm. ICDA guest lecturers as yet has been an eclectic group of casting directors - i.e Manuel Puro of Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy, talent managers, screenwriters and producers.

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Director Statement

Hristina Noland Hrisohoou finds it significant to voice and examine the complicated issue of minorities' lives during and after the financial crisis in modern westernised Greece. Furthermore, she attempts to shed light to the difficulties these people face, using a warm, humane female perspective onto these people's every day life.
The filmmaker utilises her vision to approach her character in the film. Moreover, she explores the social inequalities through day to day scenes of the disabled couple. These scenes come into emphatic opposition to their brutal reality.
This film has been filmed in spring of 2023 and is still a rough cut. Nevertheless, the filmmaker believes the film's message comes across this screener.