Greek-Cypriot director Spyros Haralabous has been excelling abroad. His short film “Anna” won the award for Best International Short Film at the 21st Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival that was held in Melbourne, Australia, while he also won the sum of 1,000 dollars.
The black and white drama was filmed in a village in Cyprus and tells the history of an elderly man, Michalis, played by actor Spyros Stavrinidis, and his obsession with his 30-year-old caregiver from the Philippines, Mary, played by Imee Lysandriou.
Michalis spends most of his day in front of the TV watching a soap opera about a heroine named Anna. He soon becomes obsessed with this heroine, to the point of calling Mary by the name ‘Anna’, thus portraying the importance of the caregiver in his life.
Haralabous’ short film was also awarded the first prize at the Cyprus International Short Film Festival, in 2012.
The Greek Film Festival in Australia is organized annually in order to promote and award short films. This effort was established in 2010 at Loop, a bar in Melbourne’s central business district. The organizers’ goal was to offer Greek-Australian filmmakers the opportunity to present their work.
Five years after its launching, the Greek-Australian Short Film Festival co-operated with Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival for the second consecutive year, while it also included international films, from Cyprus, Greece, France and the U.S., for the first time.