63rd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Evi Kalogiropoulou, award-winner director at Cannes Film Festival, is behind the 63rd Thessaloniki Film Festival spot
Evi Kalogiropoulou, director of the short film On Xerxes’ Throne, screened at the 61st International Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival, snatching the Canal+ Award, was assigned by the 63rd Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-13 November, 2022) to create the spot of this year’s edition.
Five women are standing before an old and abandoned car, almost frozen still and expressionless. The iconic Greek song “Ladadika” is heard against the backdrop (music by Marios Tokas and lyrics by Filippos Grapsas), first performed by the legendary Greek singer Dimitris Mitropanos. However, we cannot hear the voice of the five women silently singing it.
Conversing with the 63rd TIFF’s “Reconstruction” main theme, the spot reconstitutes and redefines a prolific song inextricably attached to Thessaloniki, through a modern-day glance. In addition, it renders homage to the nobility and the stripped-down ambiance of the original heart-wrenching performance, while bringing forth the female aura and the multidimensional aspect of Thessaloniki. The song’s cover bears the signature of Kid Moxie, who adapted the original melody to women vocals.
Director and visual artist Evi Kalogiropoulou is living and working in Athens and London. She is an Athens Fine Art School graduate, having obtained a Master’s Degree from the Moving Image Department of the London Royal College. She’s an Artist in Residency in London’s Somerset House Studios. Her work explores ideaσ that revolve around integration and exclusion, intercultural identity, female entities in Ancient Greek mythology and post-apocalyptic environments.
Let’s enjoy the Festival’s spot:
Concept / Directed by
Director of Photography Evan Maragkoudakis
Editor Yorgos Zafeiris
Stylist Valeria Chrampani
Make-up Panagiotis Karakasis
Hair Stylist Alex Parisis
Hair Stylist Assistant Asimina Antonopoulou
Production Manager Yorgos Stergiou
1st Assistant Camera Nikos Sempos
Assistant Director Evangelia Intzempeli
DIT Athena Boutari
PA Yorgos Papageorgiou
PA Antonis Doukas
Neda Film Isavella Alopoudi, Katerina Tzourou
Color Correction Manos Hamilakis, Authorwave
Sound Mixing Leandros Ntounis
Song Recording “Evihon” Studio
Composer: Marios Tokas (EDEM)
Lyrics Filippos Grapsas (EDEM)
Artist Kid Moxie
Family of Marios Tokas Filippos Grapsas
Ilias Ktistakis – White Balance
Oriflame Official Greece
Gaby – Gabriel Nikolaidis