(Greece) -The Greek film, “Suntan”, which was directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, took the top prize at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this weekend. The film, which was filmed on the Greek island of Antiparos, won first place in the Best International Feature Film category. The prize was announced this past Friday. This was also Papadimitropoulos’ third feature film and he also directed “Bang Bang” and “Wasted Youth”. “Suntan” is a story about a 42 year old doctor named Kostis who arrives on Antiparos to find a quiet life and to look after a clinic. His world is turned upside down when he meets two American tourists who launch Kostis into a series of events that have disastrous consequences.
Members of the International Jury said that “Suntan” was their top movie. Members of the International Jury include Sadie Frost, an actor and producer, Angus Macfadyen, an actor, and Matt Mueller, who is the editor of Screen International. Here is what Mueller had to say about the film:
“It’s a compelling and unflinching portrait of one man’s journey from infatuation to desperation, marked out by a truly great performance from its lead actor Efthymis Papadimitriou.”
In response to his win, Papadimitropoulos expressed his happiness. He also said that when he was in film school, the judge’s results at the Edinburgh Film Festival were always an important part of his classroom experience. He said, “We only had to see on a poster that a film had been awarded at Ediburgh in order to go and see it. How could I know back then that 15 years later I would have the honour of receiving such a prize. I can’t wait to print new posters.”
The Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place every year and has just celebrated its 70th anniversary. Each year, the festival attracts filmmakers from all over the world. It takes place over the course of several weeks each year. This past weekend concluded the festivities and the awards were announced at this time.