THANASIS NEOFOTISTOS

FILM & ART DIRECTOR

 
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A short film by Thanasis Neofotistos

about coming-of-age and school bullying.

 

SYNOPSIS

In Dimitri’s high school, Vassilis and his friends, a gang of bullies, terrorize him. When he learns that it’s his turn to say the morning prayer in front of the entire school, Vassilis becomes the only thing he can think about. But, what’s going to happen when the time comes and he stands in front of the whole school and mainly in front of him?   While seeking their identity, through violence, they will inevitably test each other’s boundaries.

ΣΥΝΟΨΗ

(GR) Στο Γυμνάσιο του Δημήτρη, ο Βασίλης με την παρέα του, μια ομάδα νταήδων, του προκαλούν τρόμο. Όταν μαθαίνει ότι πρέπει να πει την πρωινή προσευχή, ο Βασίλης καταλαμβάνει όλη του τη σκέψη. Τι θα γίνει όμως όταν θα φτάσει η μέρα να σταθεί μπροστά σε όλο το σχολείο και κυρίως μπροστά σ’ αυτόν; Αναζητώντας την ταυτότητά τους, μέσα από τη βία, ο ένας θα παίξει με τα όρια του άλλου.       *ΠΡΟΣΕΥΧΗ | Ταινία μικρού μήκους | Σκηνοθεσία: Θανάσης Νεοφώτιστος

 
 
 

“GREAT 

  Cinematography & Sound Design”

   Cinepivates

“UNFORGETTABLE

   scene with the school prayer”

   Lifo

”POWERFULL 

   Well-made, multi-level” 

    GrEuronews

“A Film Director ready for a 

Feature Film”

  Flix              

 
 

FILM DIRECTION

Thanasis Neofotistos


SCREENPLAY

Thanasis Neofotistos

Grigoris Skarakis


CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ilias Adamis


EDITING

Chronis Theocharis

CAST

Christos Karavevas as Dimitris

Stelios Karambinas as Vassilis


SOUND

Alejandro Cabrera


PRODUCTION

Kyriakos Chatzimichailidis (T-ShOrt)

Thanasis Neofotistos (NF-Films)

Production Manager: Iro Adracta

Sales Production: Ionna Bolomyti (Argonauts S.A)

 

                           EUFORIA

PROSEFHI: Greek School Prayer is an official educational school's material from EYFORIA program 2016, the Ministry of Greek Education and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival!


FOR SUBJECTS ABOUT: Bullying, Diversity
FILM LANGUAGE: Characters, Intellectual Montage, Narrative Role of Sound 
  SCHOOLS:  More than 250 Greek Schools 

H ΠΡΟΣΕΥΧΗ αποτελεί επίσημο εκπαιδευτικό υλικό από το πρόγραμμα EYFORIA 2016, το Υπουργείο Παιδείας και το Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Θεσσαλονίκης!


ΓΙΑ ΘΕΜΑΤΑ: Bullying, Διαφορετικότητας

FILM LANGUAGE: Characters, Intellectual Montage, Narrative Role of Sound
ΣΧΟΛΕΙΑ: Περισσότερα από 250 Σχολεία, 85 Πόλεις & Δήμοι στην Ελλάδα, έχουν δει την Προσευχή! 
 

PRESS  &  INTERVIEWS (GR)

 

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FILM's  SPECIFICATIONS


TITLE:    PROSEFHI : Greek School Prayer 
ΤΙΤΛΟΣ: ΠΡΟΣΕΥΧΗ

GENRE:  Narrative Fiction  |  Short Film

PREMIERE:  International: June 2015  (*National: 09.2014)

RUNTIME:  20 min  

FORMAT:   1:2.35  Widescreen  (24fps)

SHOOTING:  HD 2K  |  Alexa ARRI 

SOUND:  Stereo  |  5:1 Surround 

FILM LANGUAGE:  Greek  

SUBTITLES:  English, France, German

SCREENING:  DCP,   BluRay,  ProRes4444,

KEYWORDS:  Puberty  |  Coming-Out  |  Diversity  |  Bullying

 
 

FESTIVALS & AWARDS   | 4 Major Awards | 40 IFF |

GOLDEN DIONYSUS AWARD, 1st prize for best Greek Fiction 
   Film, at DRAMA ISFF 37th, 2014 Greece.

ENCOUNTERS ISFF 21st, Official Selection, 2015 UK.

SAO PAULO ISFF 26th, Official Selection, 2015 Brazil.

RAINDANCE IFF 23rd, Official Selection, 2015 UK.

MUNICH IFF SCHOOL 35th, Official Selection, 2015 Germany.

BEST SOUND AWARD: at DRAMA ISFF 37th, 2014 Greece.

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY: Athens Digital IFF, OS 2015, Greece.

GREEK ACADEMY AWARDS: Nom best Greek Short Film 2015.

GOLDEN ODYSSEUS AWARD: 1st prize at 8th London GISFF.

• AUDIENCE CHOISE: FANDEPENDENT, ISFF OS Online 2017. 

• HONORABLE MENTION: ATHENS IFF 20th, 2014 Greece.

• HONORABLE MENTION: FESTIVART, ISFF OS, Greece 2015. 

• SPECIAL MENTION: Short Of The Year, OS ISFF 2016.

• AESTHETIKA ISFF, OS, BAFTAs qualifying, 2015 UK.

• CORNWALL, IFF OS, UK 2015.

• AUBAGNE, IFF OS, France 2016.

• SHORT VISION, Official Selection, Ningbo ISFF, 2015 China.

• PINK SCREENS 14th, Official Selection, 2015 Brussels.

• CYPRUS ISFF 5th, Official Selection, 2015 Cyprus.

• D'EDUCATION European IFF, 11th OS, 2015 France. 


• OLYMPIA 18th Children IFF, OS Greece 2015.  

• THESSALONIKI ISFF AZA, OS 2015 Greece.

• THESSALONIKI LGDBQ 17th, IFF OS, Greece 2016. 

• OUTVIEW LGDBQ IFF OS, Greek 2016. 

• NY Union City, IFF OS, USA 2015.

• TIRANA, IFF OS, Albania 2015.

• BALKAN Beyond Borders, IFF OS, Balkans 2015.

• FILM BOX Hellas, IGFF OS, Berlin 2016.

• FILM-HELLENES, IGFF OS, Chicago USA 2015.

• LA GREEK 9th IGFF, OS USA 2015. 

• SAN FRANCISCO IGFF OS, USA 2015

• PSAROKOKALO 9th, OS 2015 Greece.

• ASTO Patra, 10th GSFF OS, Greece 2015.

• CHANIA IFF, OS Greece 2016. 

• CINESTHESIA, IFF OS, Greece 2014. 

• ANTIPAROS, ISFF OS, Greece 2015.

• CMS Children's IFF 8th, OS India 2016. 

• NOIDA, IFF 3rd OS, India 2016.

• GARDEN CITY, IFF OS, India Belgaluru 2017. 

• NEXT, ISFF OS, Romania 2017. 

  -Under Construction-
 
STILLS  |  PHOTOS
 

BACKSTAGE

 
DIRECTOR'S NOTES

MOVIE'S THEME

PROSEFHI: Greek School Prayer is a short narrative film that negotiates, using bullying in the background, the transition to the difficult phase of puberty and its revelations. Despite the fact that the movie concentrates in the relationship between the characters and due to the fact that it deals with a sensitive issue, scientific data concerning bullying were reviewed in order to write the Screenplay. The screenplay was then approved from the Greek Ministry of Education. 

CASTING & LOCATION

A real school was chosen as the main filming location mainly because it was thought that this would portray the special feeling of this life-period with the greatest possible accuracy. For the same reason the actors chosen were amateurs, students of this age. The filming took place at the Gerakas high school of Arts, and most of the actors were students from this high school (adolescents between the ages of 14-16).

ART & TECHNICAL DETAILS

The camera was handheld most of the time during the filming. This was to capture the fluidity that characterizes adolescence and also to express the feeling of permanent threat, that is a strong feeling of children suffering bullying.  In order to capture the tension in the relationship of the main characters (Vassilis-Dimitris), camera is almost permantly at their Point Of View. The film’s colours are matt, well lighted, with low contrast and low colour saturation. Live lighting was mainly used to achieve the wanted realism. For every aspect mentioned above “Alexa” ARRI was considered to be the ideal choise.

* Shot with ALEXA ARRI

* No music & sound libraries were used on this short film.

* The Filming took place at the Gerakas High School of Arts.

* The Screenplay was approved from the Greek Ministry of Education.

* The film was a graduation film for the A.M.C (AKMI Metropolitan  

  College) & Q.M.U (Queen Margaret Univercity).

 
BULLYING
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs in an educational setting. Bullying can be physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional in nature.  |  
Learn more and stop it!  |  *Anti-Bullying Day:  06 March  |  Photos: Screenings at Greek Schools.
*Φωτογραφίες: Προβολές στα Σχολεία και η επικοινωνία της ταινίας με τους μαθητές!
 
 
CAST & CREW

DIMITRIS (14 y.o, petite, creative). He attends the third grade. He is not really social and at school they make fun of him because of his diversity and his lonely temperament. He has trouble expressing his feelings, mainly because he’s not able, yet, to fully understand them. Christos Karavevas as Dimitris; at the time of the filming Christos was 14 years old.

VASSILIS (15 y.o, strapping guy, bully). He lives in a violent family environment. He attends the third grade and he’s the leader of the bullies. He’s organizing harsh pranks against those who don’t belong in the gang. It seems that Dimitris is his target. Stelios Karampinas as Vassilis; at the time of the filming Stelios was 16 years old.

 
 
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DIRECTOR | Thanasis Neofotistos

www.thanasisneofotistos.com

CINEMATOGRAPHY | Ilias Adamis  GSC

www.iliasadamis.com

EDITING |  Chonis Theocharis

Screenplay | Thanasis Neofotistos,

Grigoris Skarakis,  Katerina Pipergia

Art Direction |  Thanasis Neofotistos

Costume Designer |  Eva Gaitanidou

Make-up | Hair |  Theoni Trachana

World Sales  | Ioanna Bolomyti & Argonauts Productions S.A.

Διευθυντής |  Γιάννης Παπαθύμιος

Θρησκευτικού |  Κορίνα Αλεξανδρίτου

Επιτηρητής |  Χρήστος Τζιώτας

Φίλη Δημήτρη |  Ανίτα Αδάμη
Φίλοι Βασίλη Κ.Κουτρούλης, Ά.Ζιρώ,
     Χ. Ματαγκωνάκης, Ν.Αγγελής, Ι.Πουσίδης

Χ.Γκριτσάνης, Μ.Χαλκός, Ά.Παπαδόπουλος

Παιδί Θ. |  Κ.Λαγός, Ά.Βάντζος, Α.Ρέλου

Γ.Ντάβος |  Φίλη Κ.Νικολάου

Πατέρας Βασίλη | Γ.Ανδράκης

Μάνα | Σ.Λιάκου

Assistant Director (alphabetical)

Eleni Korakaki, Themis Barmpas, Sevi Xeini

Pol. Papadopoulou, P.Papantonopoulos

Color Correction  | DCP  Άγγελος Μάντζιος

DCP 5.1 Sound Mix |  DNA Studio

Α΄Βοηθός κάμ | Focus Pull |  Βασίλης Κασβίκης

Β΄Βοηθός κάμερα | Load |  Βλαδίμηρος Πολιακόβ

Βοηθός Παραγωγής | Κατερίνα Δουραμάνη, Θώμη Καραμάνη Δημήτρης Αμπατζής

Βοηθός Μοντέρ | Υπότιτλοι |  Έλενα Γκριτζέλα

Μετάφραση Υποτί. (Αγγ, Γαλ) |  Νατ. Στρουμτζή

Φωτ.Stage | Έρη Λίτη, Δημήτρης Μαυροφοράκης

 

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*PRESS (GR)  (*4Tv & 28 Press)

O Θανάσης δεν θέλει να μείνει η «Προσευχή» ως μόνο μια ταινία για το bullying.

Για το bullying και το τέρας της εφηβείας... Σε ένα παγκάκι με τον Θανάση.

Συνέντευξη από τη Δράμα: «Προσευχή» του Θανάση Νεοφώτιστου.

Δράμα 2014:  Ο Θανάσης Νεοφώτιστος και η «Προσευχή».
Ο νεαρός σκηνοθέτης
 αποκάλυψη! Η «Προσευχή» και η εφηβεία του.

 Η «Προσευχή» μας ταξιδεύει στα σχολικά μας χρόνια.

Ο Θανάσης Νεοφώτιστος,  στο ελculture.gr  (Χρυσός Διόνυσος)

Ο σκηνοθέτης της Προσευχής, μιλάει στο Reel.gr

Θανάσης Νεοφώτιστος, ο φετινός νικητής του Φεστιβάλ Δράμας!

«Ο καλλιτέχνης οφείλει να επικοινωνεί με την αλήθεια του.»

Μια «Προσευχή» εισακούστηκε στη Δράμα.

Μια δίκαια βραβευμένη «Προσευχή»

Θανάσης Νεοφώτιστος: «Ναι, είναι γαμάτο!»

Short Film Festival Drama 2014 - The Awards & the Votes.

Στην «Προσευχή» ο «Χρυσός Διόνυσος» του Φεστιβάλ Δράμας
 

*BACKSTAGE PHOTOS

*Photos by:  Eri Liti & Vladimiros Poliakov & Dimitris Mavroforakis

*Photos from Golden Dionysus Award

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