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Director
Telémachos Alexiou

Filmography
2009 The Logic of the Cat (experimental)
2009 Deux (experimental)
2010 The Dream of Norma (experimental) 2011 Venus in the Garden

Biography
He was born in 1986 in Evia, Greece. He is a filmmaker, screenwriter and video artist. He studied Communications & Visual Culture at London Metropolitan University and trained as a dancer at Semley Studio, Croydon. Since 2005 he has been living and working in Berlin, where he took up film theory studies at Freie Universität and took his first steps as an independent filmmaker. He also works as an assistant to Prof. Gertrud Koch and has collaborated as a performer and producer with artists such as Nguyen Tan Hoang, Athi-Patra Ruga, Vaginal Davis and Zackary Drucker. His work stretches from experimental videos to fiction films. Venus in the garden is his first feature film.

Main Selection

Venus in the Garden / Telémachos Alexiou

During a mid-summer heatwave, Nikos and Alain, two male prostitutes and a female pimp, Monica, get tangled in a peculiar relationship after meeting in a dark street. They fall in love, play with guns and talk about card games, money and theater castings. Is this a game of role playing the three of them have invented to pass their time in a remote, empty summer house? Have they been reading Jean Genet? Whether a mirror image of the characters’ reality or an elliptic depiction of their distorted, dream-like perception of it, Venus in the Garden, juxtaposing disparate literary and art references, leads its isolated characters towards dissolution. And yet, in its strange language, it presents this dissolution as a triumph.


Director:Telémachos Alexiou
Script:Telémachos Alexiou
Cinematography:Tim Schenkl
Editing:Assaf Hochman, Telémachos Alexiou
Sound:Clement Atlan, Damien Grélier
Art Direction:Telémachos Alexiou
Costumes:Tina Tsoukala
With:Athina Mathiou (Monica), Alex Vardas (Nikos), Stavros Svingos (Alan)
World Sales:Arsenal Institut for Film and Video Art, Germany Τ.+49 30 2695 5100 F. +49 30 2695 5111 distribution@arsenal-berlin.de
Producer:Telémachos Alexiou, Electra Kalaitzaki
Production:Chocolate Grinder Films, Germany T. +49 30 5446 7463 alextilal@hotmail.com chocolategrinderfilms@googlemail.com
Production Country:Greece-Germany
Format:HDCAM Color
Duration:61'
Production Year:2011
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 23:00 | ID:446
FRIDA LIAPPA:Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 15:30 | ID:643
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