“Swing Away”, a film about self-discovery and one woman’s love affair with Greece, will be released in November 2016 in select cities throughout the US.
The film focuses on a Greek-American golfer named Zoe (Shannon Elizabeth), who has become disillusioned with her life in the US following a very public meltdown and decides to travel back to Greece to visit her family and figure out a new direction. Her decision is inspired by famous Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, whose philosophy of “hope for nothing, fear nothing” is infused throughout the movie.
Zoe becomes deeply affected by the people she encounters on her personal journey in Greece, especially a 10-year old golf prodigy named Stella that she takes under her wing.
In “Swing Away”, Greek talent is evident both behind and in front of the camera, as Greek-American director Michael A. Nickles helmed the film, while George Elias Stephanopoulos created and produced “Swing Away”. Greek actors Renos Haralambidis and Manos Gavras play important supporting roles in the movie as well, as an important friend Zoe makes in the village, and her love interest, respectively.
“Swing Away” is one of the few non-Greek language movies to be shot, edited, and post-produced within Greece, partly in order to more effectively tell the story, in which the country plays such a central part, and partly as a decision of the filmmakers to support the Greek creative community.
The film has already picked up praise and accolades, especially when it premiered at the Geena Davis-founded Bentonville Film Festival in May 2016.
Though the Greek-American community will definitely relate to the film’s central message of going back home to find yourself, the movie will surely appeal to a wider audience as well thanks to its tale of change, courage and self-discovery. Stay updated on the movie and find out when it will be released near you by checking the “Swing Away” website.
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