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SEMELE
 
SEMELE
 
NY Premiere

Director: Myrsini Aristidou

Greece, 2016, 10min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Yiannis Stankoglou, Vasiliki Kokkoliadi Paris Aristides, Athos Antoniou, Kimonas Apostolopoulos, Sara Pitsikali
Crew:  Producer: Reinaldo Marcus Green - Cinematographer: Pepe Avila Del Pino

synopsis
Semele will do anything to spend some time with her long absent father. A school note becomes just the excuse for her to visit him at his workplace, where her presence highlights their fragile relationship.

director
Born in Limassol Cyprus, Myrsini Aristidou is an award winning writer and director. She is currently receiving her MFA in Film Production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a Tisch Department Scholarship. In 2013 she completed her BFA in Film and History of Art, at Pratt Institute in New York as part of the President's List. In 2016, Myrsini was granted with the Spike Lee Film Production fund for the production of her next movie. Her movies have screened in festivals all around the globe, from Toronto to Berlin, and from USA to Cyprus and Australia.Her latest award winningshort film ‘Semele’(TIFF Official Selection 2015, BerlinaleGeneration 2016) won the Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the BerlinaleGeneration Kplus in 2016. Other works of the filmmaker include the short documentary shot in Argentina Ma' (2014), the award winning short film Not Now (International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2014 - Best Directing Award), and the short documentary Lost Hopes (2011).In May of 2009, Myrsini had her first photographic book publication and exhibition Mother India (edition Athens Voice), where all the proceedings from the sales, were donated to the MSF (Doctors without Borders). Photographs taken by the artist have been accepted and exhibited in many parts of the world.
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filmmaker's note
Semele highlights the delicate relationship of a daughter and her long absent father, as an unsigned school note becomes the excuse for young Semele to visit her father and try to rediscover their lost bond. Although her father Aris, at first doesn’t want Semele around, as the day goes by they share precious moments that they will both treasure for life.For me, this film is an exploration which shifts beyond a parent and child relationship, as it sets out to further question any relationship of love between two people. There is an underlying understanding between the two characters, and certain feelings and behaviors which are universal. Semele’s desire to feel acknowledged and loved by her father, her determination to understand his behavior, is an effort to ultimately feel free and understand herself. Aris’ inability to provide for her and reveal his own feelings, eventually leads to him becoming aware of his daughter’s own needs.As a young girl I rebelled in many ways, but I never admitted that the core of my frustration was the absence of a father figure in my life. Semele exposes how fragile and vulnerable human relationships are, and how important it is to accept one self in order to take the leap forward.

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