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Hard Goodbyes: My Father (2002)
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Director:Penny Panayotopoulou Producer:Thanassis Karathanos, Kostas Lambropoulos, Penny Panayotopoulou

Screenplay by:Jan Fleischer, Nikos Panayotopoulos, Penny Panayotopoulou, Katerina Shina, Laya Yourgou  

Music by:Stavros Sofianopoulos Cinematography: Dimitris Katsaitis Edited by:Angelos Angelopoulos, Petar Markovic Running time:113 min Country:Greece, Germany Language:Greek GenreDrama, Family:  Subtitle:English 

Starring: Yorgos Karayannis ... Ilias Manolopoulos, Stelios Mainas ... Hristos Manolopoulos, Ioanna Tsirigouli ... Mother,
Christos Stergioglou ... Theodosis
, Hristos Bouyotas ... Aris Manolopoulos, Despo Diamantidou ... Grandmother

 
 

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ҧ:9 wins & 3 nominations

 

 

Chicago International Film Festival 2002

Nominated
Gold Hugo
Best Feature
Penny Panayotopoulou (director) 
 

Locarno International Film Festival 2002

Won
Bronze Leopard
Best Actor
Yorgos Karayannis 
 
Won
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
Penny Panayotopoulou 
Nominated
Golden Leopard
Penny Panayotopoulou 
 

Mons International Festival of Love Films 2003

Won
Coup de Coeur
Penny Panayotopoulou 
Won
RTBF Award
Penny Panayotopoulou 
 

Thessaloniki Film Festival 2002

Won
Best Actor
Christos Stergioglou 
For 
Tha to metanioseis
Won
FIPRESCI Prize
International Competition
Penny Panayotopoulou 

For its acute symbiosis of daily routine and metaphorical sense of life. Tied with 

Výlet (... More
Won
Greek Competition Award
Best Debut Director
Penny Panayotopoulou 
Tied with 
Nikos Nikolaidis for O hamenos ta pairnei ola (2002).
Won
Hellenic Association of Film Critics Award
Penny Panayotopoulou 

For dealing with the subject of loss with a complex, infiltrating and direct manner combining her ... 

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2nd place
Greek Competition Award
Best Film
Penny Panayotopoulou 
Kostas Lambropoulos 
CL Productions 
Nominated
Golden Alexander
Penny Panayotopoulou 
 
 

Storyline
Elias is a 10 year old boy living in Athens with his family in 1969 and has an interest in Jules Verne''s stories and in astronomy. His father, with whom Elias has a strong relationship, is a travelling salesman and his absence affects the whole family. On the eve of his departure for a long business trip he promises his son that he''ll be back in time to watch the moon landing on TV together, but he is killed in a car accident. While Elias'' mother and his elder brother deal with the loss in their own way, Elias refuses to accept his father''s death. He creates an imaginary world, in which his father is alive. He shares fictitious stories with his friends, he sends letters to his grandmother on behalf of his father and he dreams of places like he did with him. Elias'' mother and his godfather, who do everything to bring him back to reality, take him to a summer house. On the night of the moon landing Elias meets his father in his own way and comes to terms with his loss.

User Reviews

one of the most beautiful and touching films I''ve ever seen.

23 December 2003 | by apple-human (manoftheworld)
don''t listen to stupid people that write stupid reviews ("littlesiddie: Absolutely nothing happens in this movie except actors trying, unsuccessfully, to pretend to have big, mostly sorrowful, emotions")

i just get so mad when people are idiots.

well littlesiddie, you might not realize but the work done with the boy on this film is far more than amazing. the acting is breathtaking. the imagination in the film making is nearly matched by the beauty of the photography. events are fresh and accurate at mastery level.

its the small details that still echo inside me even though months have passed since i saw it, truly an astonishing film.

i hold this movie as my filmmaking guide.

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