Apples - Mila


Apples - Mila

Christos NikouGreece – 2020

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery.

Through images deadpan, strange and surreal, Greek writer-director Christos Nikou posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss, exploring how a society might handle an irreversible epidemic through one man’s story of self-discovery.

Are we the sum of the images we compile and display of ourselves, or are we something richer, and deeper?

Original Title Apples - Mila
German Title Apples
French Title Apples
Other Titles Apples
Directed by Christos Nikou
Country Greece
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis
Film Editing Giorgos Zafeiris
Soundtrack Alexander Voulgaris
Cinematography Bartosz Swiniarski
Décors Efi Birba
Costumes Dimitra Liakoura
Production Nikos Smpiliris, Iraklis Mavroidis, Angelo Venetis, Aris Dagios, Mariusz Włodarski, Christos Nikou
Runtime 90 Min.
Language Griechisch/d/f
Aris Servetalis Aris
Sofia Georgovasili Anna
Anna Kalaitzidou
Argiris Bakirtzis

Filmfestival Venedig 2020
Filmfestival Zürich 2020

«Sind die Griechen die neuen Cracks des Weltkinos? Newcomer Christos Nikou könnte einst Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) beerben. Sein Erstling ist eine lakonische Auseinandersetzung mit der Erinnerung und dem Darstellungsdrang, die trotz ihres komplett analogen Settings einiges über das digitale Zeitalter aussagt. Gesellschaftskritisch und gut.» outnow, Roland Meier

«Soulfully relevant.» Variety

«Neugriechische Komödie auf lakonisch-ernstem Grund.» Tages-Anzeiger, Pascal Blum

«Apples annonce Nikou comme un nouveau venu au sein d'une génération croissante d’excellents réalisateurs grecs contemporains qui font des films qui excitent le cerveau et font fondre nos cœurs.» Cineuropa

«Arresting. Somber and surreal, this is a haunting meditation on the manipulation of memory. Christos Nikou establishes himself as an exciting new voice.» The Hollywood Reporter

«Splendidly poignant.» The Guardian

APPLES is among the list of 10 Best films to the Oscar Race.» CNN

«A quirky little gem, a movie with a great sense of visual composition and a fascinating concept.» Rogerebert

«Strong. A moving, sensitive and droll debut about re-integration into society, memory and grief.» Deadline

«It shines an unusual spotlight on what it means to experience, what it means to capture and hold on to memories, and what it means to find your way back—to the world, and to yourself.» Observer

«APPLES could not have been released at a more perfect time.» The Playlist

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