Benigni exaggerated

Synopsis: Two young men rotting in drugs and inactivity, two worried men trying to achieve compromise with a stubborn cult figure old woman, a terrified mother and two twisted baboons conclude the cores that unwillingly, yet harmonically, constitute an everyday comedic struggle.

Logline: "Benigni exaggerated" is a black comedy drama which emphasizes the only controversial aspect of Benigni’s peak «La vita e bella», which is the fact that it makes you cry both in childhood, as well as in adulthood.

  • Michalis Langas
    Director
  • Michalis Langas
    Writer
  • MYROFORA KOCHLIARIDOU
    Producer
  • DIMITRA KARYOTAKI
    Producer
  • KONSTANTINA KATSARAKI
    Producer
  • FOTEINI KARTALI
    Producer
  • OTARI APTSIAURI
    Key Cast
    "The Guy"
  • MANOLIS GONIOS
    Key Cast
    "The Friend"
  • OLGA KALAMARA
    Key Cast
    "The Old Lady"
  • MARIA SEMERTZIDOU
    Key Cast
    "The Mother"
  • ALEXANDROS ANASTASIADIS
    Key Cast
    "Doctor 2"
  • VICTOR BENOUZILIO
    Key Cast
    "Angel"
  • GIANNIS PAPAGEORGIS
    Key Cast
    "Doctor 1"
  • SOTIRIS GAKOS
    Key Cast
    "Jigsaw Mask"
  • PAVLOS PALIOURAS MARGARITIS
    Soundtrack
    SAD MASK PARTY
  • HELENA AGAPITOU
    Script
  • DIMITRA KARYOTAKI
    Script
  • HELENA AGAPITOU
    Casting
  • FOTEINI KARTALI
    Casting
  • VIKY KATRATZI
    English Translation
  • EVGENIA KARIENTIDOU
    Subtitles
  • DIMITRIOS KARAS
    Assistan Director
  • NIKOLAS OIKONOMOU
    Director of Photography - Cameraman A
  • CHRISTOS GEORGIADIS
    Cameraman B
  • STAVROULA MYLONIDOU
    Costume - Set Design
  • Michalis Langas
    Editing
  • MYRTO CHATZIANDREOU
    Sound Editing
  • ILIAS KANELLOS
    Sound Design
    MASTER HEATWAVE
  • ILIAS STABOULIS
    Stereo - Surround Mix
    Studio Stereotype, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • SOFOKLIS AMPATZIDIS
    Special Designs
    SIMPLE CRAFTS
  • ANTONIS STRATAKIS
    Sound Recordists
  • PAVLOS LYGOURIS
    Sound Recordists
  • ANGELOS MARDIRIS
    Sound Recordists
  • MYRTO CHATZIANDREOU
    Sound Recordists
  • ANGELA KARANASOU
    Make Up
  • MARIA SEMERTZIDOU
    Make Up
  • NIKI SFAIROPOULOU
    Racor
  • SIMOS BATZAKIS
    Bensousan Han Electrician
    ARTCUT, THESSALONIKI, GREECE
  • VANGELIS KASAPAKIS
    Visual Effects
    ARTCUT, THESSALONIKI, GREECE
  • VANGELIS KASAPAKIS
    Colour Correction
    ARTCUT, THESSALONIKI, GREECE
  • GEORGINA MORAITI
    Poster
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ο Μπενίνι υπερέβαλλε
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, black comedy, narrative
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 17, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No

  • United Kingdom
Director Biography - Michalis Langas


My name is Michalis Langas and I originate from Lamia, Greece. I am a film writer/director based in London, UK. I am also a Dentist with a special interest in Dental Implantology. Cinema helps me sleep. Dentistry pays the rent for a place to sleep in.

The passion with storytelling existed from a young age. I always believed that structure is the foundation in life and aesthetics is nothing more but an element to highlight that.

This belief changed when I first felt that aesthetics can also create structure.

My style is black comedy / art drama.

FILMOGRAPHY

- The chronicle of a yo yo: Getting Simplex/Το χρονικό ενός γιο γιο: Η μονοδρόμηση (short fiction – April 2015). A time travelling short film (00:09:23) with three participations in film festivals: Athens International Digital Film Festival (AIDFF) 2015, ASTO Video Film Festival Patra 2015, London Greek Film Festival 2017

- Benigni exaggerated/Ο Μπενίνι υπερέβαλλε (short fiction [27 min] – 17 September 2017), a black comedy storytelling drama
- Winner London Independent FIlm Awards 2019, Best Comedy-Dramedy
-Silver Award for Narrative Short in Latitude FIlm Awards 2019
-Bronze Award for Directing in Latitude Film Awards 2019
-Award of Recognition in Accolade Global Film Competition

- Post Romantic Stress Disorder (2020) - 27minute mystery comedy

- Four Islands (2020) - 23minute fast paced surreal comedy

- The pit of time (2020) - 12minute slow atmospheric art drama

Pre-production
- Beginners Guide to Suicide - Feature surreal black comedy drama

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Director Statement

Art is the illegitimate child of love and reality. Art is going to solve all of the problems we never had. Let's do art.