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58th TIFF: International Premiere

A famous actor, after suffering a heart attack, invites his two daughters from Belgium and France. Trying to find a way to keep them by his side, he suggests them to stage an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth for three actors. During the rehearsals, some ugly truths come to the surface, concerning a father who was always absent and utterly dedicated to his art. In turn, he challenges his daughters to channel this traumatic past into their performances. Through the intimacy created by the successive rehearsal, the psychological breaches deepen.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Nikos Kornilios
Script: Nikos Kornilios, Evgenia Papageorgiou
Cinematography: Olympia Mytilinaiou
Editing: Evgenia Papageorgiou
Sound: Iasonas Theofanou, Yannis Karamitros
Actors: Aurora Marion, Katia Leclerc O’ Wallis, Kostas Arzoglou, Estelle Marion
Producers: Nikos Kornilios
Co-production: ERT S.A.
Costumes: Ariadne Nicoloudis
Sets: Christos Konstantellos, Ifigeneia Tzimouli
Make Up: Dimitra Fafaliou
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Greece
Production Year: 2017
Duration: 120'

Nikos Kornilios

Born in Athens. For many years he lived in Paris, where he composed orchestral music and directed for the Chaillot National Theater, among others. He started making films in 1982. His films have been presented in many festivals worldwide. He teaches acting for theater and cinema.


1991 Equinox
1996 Desert Sky
2001 The World Again
2007 Music of the Faces
2010 Tuesday
2012 11 Meetings With My Father
2014 Matriarchy
2015 The cypress deep down
2017 Back Held Hands