Director Panos H. Koutras has been dubbed “The Greek Almodovar” by festivals and press alike, and it’s easy to see why the comparisons with the great Spanish auteur abound, particularly in his latest film, “Xenia,” which premiered at Cannes last year in the Un Certain Regard section.
“Xenia” is a tale of two estrange brothers coming together for a common goal after their mother’s death. It brims with charm, magical realism, and elegant romanticism. The film swept the Hellenic Film Awards (Greek Oscars) and was recently selected as Greece’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. It’s without a doubt one of the most unique films submitted with very peculiar sensibilities.
The synopsis describes this unusual adventure as follows: “‘Xenia’ follows two young brothers in search of their birth father across the colorful landscape of Greece. Dany, 16, leaves Crete to find his brother Odysseus who lives in Athens and they journey to Thessaloniki where they think their father is living. When the handsome Odysseus isn’t protecting his daydreaming, gay younger brother, he auditions for the television talent show “Greek Star” where he pursues his fantasy of becoming a singing star. A comic and touching road trip of two brothers connecting and searching for their dreams.”
“Xenia” opens on October 9th from Strand Releasing
Check out the official trailer above and take a look at the U.S. poster below: