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Director
Constantine Giannaris

Filmography
1989 Jean Genet Is Dead (short)
1989 Disco’s Revenge (short)
1990 Silences (short)
1990 Τrojans (short)
1991 A Matter of Life and Death (short)
1991 Caught Looking (short)
1991 North of Vortex (short)
1991 Greeks (TV) (short)
1992 A Desperate Vitality: The Films by Pier Paolo Pasolini (short)
1995 A Place in the Sun (short)
1995 3 Steps to Heaven
1998 From the Edge of the City
2001 One Day in August
2004 Visions of Europe: Room for All (short) (segment)
2005 Hostage
2008 Gender Pop
2011 Man at Sea

Biography
He was born in Australia. He studied History and Economics, but abandoned academia to become a self-taught filmmaker. His short and feature films have won acclaim at many international film festivals, including the Directors’ Fortnight (Camera D’Or) at Cannes and the Berlinale. He is currently living and working in Athens.

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Hostage / Constantine Giannaris

One morning, a young man boards an intercity bus on its daily route to Thessaloniki in northern Greece. He hijacks the bus at gunpoint and takes seven of the passengers hostage. In his left hand he holds a grenade. He turns out to be a 25-year-old Albanian immigrant by the name of Elion Senia. His main demands include a ransom of half a million euros and safe passage back to his homeland. The hijacking is transmitted live on national television. For the next 20 hours, a wild and at times bleakly comic chase ensues through northern Greece at the head of a convoy of police cars, television crews, desperate relatives, and curious onlookers... all the while heading towards the Albanian border.


Director:Constantine Giannaris
Script:Constantine Giannaris
Cinematography:Panayotis Theofanopoulos
Editing:Ioanna Spiliopoulou
Sound:Antonis Samaras
Music:Nikos Patrelakis
Art Direction:Maria Konomi
Costumes:Maria Konomi
Make up:Evi Zafiropoulou
With:Stathis Papadopoulos (Elion, bus-hijacker), TheodoraTzimou (Iliana - Grigori’s friend), Yannis Stankoglou (Grigoris), Minas Hatzisavvas (police brigadier general), Arto Apartian (bus driver), Marilou Valeondi (Angeliki), Constantina Angelopoulou (Kelly)
World Sales:Greek Film Center T. +30 210 3687 500 F. +30 210 3648 245 info@gfc.gr www.gfc.gr
Distribution in Greece:Playtime Release Audiovisual Enterprises SA T. +30 210 8092 000 www.audiovisual.gr
Producer:Yorgos Lykiardopoulos, Constantine Giannaris, Βaran Seyhan
Production:C. Giannaris Films, Highway Productions, Sarmasik Sanatlar T. +30 210 3314 088 highway@hol.gr www.highway.gr
Production Country:Greece-Turkey
Co-production:Greek Film Center, Alpha Television, Graal SA, Strada Productions
Format:35mm Color
Duration:100'
Production Year:2005
Screening Schedule
TONIA MARKETAKI:Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 22:30 | ID:536
TONIA MARKETAKI:Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 17:30 | ID:634
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