Impressions of a Drowned Man

  • 82'
  • Cyprus
  • 2015
Do we take responsibility for who we are? How free do we dare to be in creating our identity, and to what extent do we take heed of what people expect of us?
These existential questions formed the starting point for Kyros Papavassiliou when making Impressions of a Drowned Man. It is no coincidence that the main character is an existentialist poet. Kostas Karyotakis is considered one of the most influential Greek poets of the 1920s. His poems, often impressions of nature, are highly expressive, showing influences from Expressionism and Surrealism. Under-rated in his own time, Karyotakis committed suicide in 1928 at the age of 32.
In the film, he appears in the here and now, without knowing who he is or where he comes from. Although he is totally free to do what he wants, he is nevertheless shaped by the people he meets. Everyone who crosses his path knows who he is, tells him what his days will be like and how it will all end.
Almost as in a film noir, the film is a search for identity, while the story unfolds associatively and poetically. Referring to Karyotakis's poetic style, the film is also shaped by impressions of nature and a touch of Surrealism. The world we see is a strange reality. Daringly serious and intellectual, with a beautiful, melancholic heart.
Director
Kyros Papavassiliou
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
82'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Oi entyposeis enos pnigmenou
Language
Greek
Producers
Kyros Papavassiliou, George Pantzis, Monica Nicolaidou, Yiannis Chalkiadakis
Production Companies
Drytree Films, Filmblades, Restart Productions
Sales
Drytree Films
Screenplay
Kyros Papavassiliou
Cinematography
Konstantinos Othonos
Editor
Yiannis Chalkiadakis
Production Design
Andy Bargilly
Sound Design
Persefoni Miliou
Music
Nikos Veliotis
Cast
Christodoulos Martas, Thodoris Pentidis, Marisha Triantafyllidou
Website
http://drytreefilms.com