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Writer & Director: Phoebus Samartzis

Production: Kalliergon

Title: Nikki

Film: Short Film

Genre: Contemporary drama, Film à clef

Status: Pre-production

Logline: A young ambitious comic designer is looking for his place in a problematic Greek society. Working temporarily as a pizza delivery guy, as he delivers the last order of the day he comes in contact with Nikki, but only through the intercom. Without ever having seen each other a peculiar relationship emerges that falls between dreamlike, ideal and real.

Director’s note: "Manuell Torres, a great Artist of Andalusia, once said to another singer: "You have voice, you have style, but you will never succeed because you do not have any Duente." This is a phrase from Lorcas' Duente. When you read this work - especially as an artist - you start to wonder, where can you find your own Duente? How will you light up the flame to liven your work? Does it come randomly or does it reside in us? The film explores exactly that. Following the footsteps of Alkis, we see that even in the most adverse conditions those who persist, win. Nikki is Alkis' duente. Only when she came into his life did his work start to have meaning. We all have our own Nikki. She can be an object, a person, a country or a phrase that we read somewhere and stayed with us, but even so it works as a "filter", as a gate that takes us from reality into our own world. The place where we all long to escape to. The movie moves around the Aesthetic Axis of Comic books. Strong and dark colors are used to capture the artist's struggle in the gloomy atmosphere of Athens at night. The organized cinematographic frames - direction and lighting wise - are influenced by comic frames with quick changes and rhythms that give a hypertalistic tone to the film. The composition is completed with the original Music of Nilos Karagiannis with elements from the 1960s - the decade that the 9th art flourished- with an uplifting feel countering the dark shots of Alkis.

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