The Surface of Things

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58th TIFF: World Premiere

There is an urban legend in
Athens about Errinyos, an ancient underground river that nobody
ever saw but which, one day during the 80s, came back to life and swept a girl away. Today a young anthropologist is researching the legend and locates the people who knew the girl. They are her three best friends, now in their 40s, and their history teacher, who is now retired. Through bits and pieces of letters, tapes and interviews, these women narrate the tragic story that took place 
30 years ago and marked their 
lives as well as the city’s collective memory.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Nancy Biniadaki
Script: Nancy Biniadaki, based on the novel Tesseris Martyries gia tin ektafi tou Potamou Errinyou by Angela Dimitrakaki
Cinematography: Dionysis Efthymiopoulos
Editing: Panos Voutsaras
Sound: Yannis Antipas, Tim Altrichter
Music: Alexander Müll
Actors: Maria Skoula, Maria Kallimani, Themis Bazaka, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Sofia Ito, Rania Economidou, Nicolas Antipas, Michael Sideris, Toni Jessen
Production: Watchmen productions
Producers: Christopher Zitterbart
Co-production: Heretic
Costumes: Triada Papadaki
Sets: Margarita Hatziioannou
Make Up: Evi Zafiropoulou, Rebecca Koch
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany, Greece
Production Year: 2017
Duration: 85΄
Contact: Christopher Zitterbart

Nancy Biniadaki

Nancy Biniadaki was born in Athens in 1971. She lives in Berlin.
She studied Greek Philology and Film Direction. She has worked in theatre, opera, has directed various shorts, stage plays, videos for the stage and documentaries. She has received the Melina Merkouri Award (1998) and the Grimme-Preis Award (Germany, 2016).


1995 Between Cities (short)
1998 Still Counting (μμ)
2000 Always last night (short)
2015 The Moon and I (μμ)
2017 The Surface of Things