Programme

APPLES

Christos Nikou

Greece, Poland, Australia, Slovenia , 2020 / 90 min / Greek OV with English subt. / Drama,Comedy

with the support of the Ciné-club hellénique de Luxembourg

As an unpredictable, sweeping pandemic causes people to develop sudden amnesia, a man finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help him build a new life

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery.

“When I had the first idea for what became APPLES, about eight years ago, I was trying to get over the loss of the closest person to me, and all of these questions regarding identity and loss, memory and pain were very much on my mind.” Director’s Statement, Christos Nikou

Screenings
Mon 07/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia GR OV with ENG.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004371?locationFilters=LFFCU&dateTime...

“It’s the eerie mystery of sadness that rings most clearly through Nikou’s film, a meditation on the construction of personality that, like all the best ghost stories, combines wistful melancholia with a hint of wish-fulfilment, of lost souls who, in forgetting, are trying to remember.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian, 09/05/2021

“Overcast, underpopulated and squeezed into a subconsciously oppressive 4:3 frame, the movie isn’t meant to be realistic (authorities would surely have some other way of identifying people struck by amnesia, whether by fingerprints or DNA). Rather, it tickles the imagination, inviting us to consider the prospect of being given a new beginning, and whether starting from scratch would be such a terrible thing.” Peter Debruge, Variety, 02/09/2021

Awards
  • Official Selection, Orizzonti section, Venice Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Telluride Film Festival, USA (2021
  • Best Screenplay, Chicago International Film Festival, 2020 (United States)
  • Best Fiction Film, Crossing Europe Film Festival, 2021 (Austria)
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski Award, Special Jury Prize, Denver International Film Festival (United States)
  • Best Film, Dublin International Film Festival, 2021 (Ireland)
  • Adolph Zukor Prize, Jameson CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival, 2021 (Hungary)
  • Best Film, Jameson CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival, 2021 (Hungary)
  • Young Jury Prize, Les Arcs European Film Festival, 2020 (France)
  • Best Film, Ljubljana International Film Festival, 2020 (Slovenia)
  • Top Five Foreign Language Films, National Board of Review, 2021 (United States
  • Best Director, Philadelphia Film Festival, 2020 (United States
  • Best Film, Seville European Film Festival, 2020 (Spain)
  • Best Minority Coproductions, Slovene Film Festival, 2020 (Slovenia)
  • Best Sound, Slovene Film Festival, 2020 (Slovenia)
  • International Competition for Best Actor, Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2020 (Greece)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovasili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argiris Bakirtzis
Screenplay 
Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis
Cinematographer 
Bartosz Swiniarski
Montage 
George Zafiris
Sound 
Leandros Ntounis, Kostas Koutelidakis
Music 
The Boy
Production 
Boo Productions, Lava Films, Greek Film Center
Coproduction 
Perfo Production, Musou Music Group
Distribution 
Filmfreak
Biography

Christos Nikou was born in Athens in 1984. For the past ten years, he has worked as an assistant director on many feature films such as Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos) presented at the Luxembourg Film Festival in 2011 and Before Midnight (Richard Linklater). His short film KM participated in over 40 international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Stockholm, Palm Springs, Sydney and Tallinn Black Nights among others. Apples is his first feature film. 

Filmography
  • 2022 - Fingernails
  • 2020 – Mila (Apples)
  • 2012 - Km (court métrage)
  • 2008 - Metaxourgeio (court métrage) (Documentaire)