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THE CHRISTMAS TANGO Based on the novel of Yiannis Xanthoulis

N-ORASIS DIRECTION NIKOS KOUTELIDAKIS

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Artistic Contributors

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Actors

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Synopsis

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Director’s Note

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Main Characters


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Artistic Contributors Director Nikos Koutelidakis Producer Yiannis Exintaris Executive Producer Κώστας Σούσουλας Project Consultant Frosso Ralli Production Manager Nikos Nikolettos Director of Photography Yiannis Drakoularakos Production & Costume Designer Giorgos Georgiou Editor Lampis Charalampidis

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Actors Lazaros Lazarou Antinoos Albanis Stefanos Karamanidis Yiannis Stankoglou Manolis Loggos Yiannis Mpezos Zoe Loggos Vicky Papadopoulou Notis Voskopoulos Vasilis Risvas Paraskevi Eleni Kokkidou

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Synopsis An unexpected meeting between the

65 year old Lazaros Lazarou and a young man, on Christmas day, will bring to his mind memories that were hidden for years.

An army camp in

Evros, in 1970, a Christmas celebration and a

sensual tango make up the setting for the lives of four people. An introverted soldier, a harsh

lieutenant, a colonel and his charming wife are the heroes of a comic but tragic story, full of secret wishes and unfulfilled passions.

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Director’s Note The 4 main characters of the story (Lazaros Lazarou-Stefanos Karamanidis-Zoi Loggou-Manolis Loggos) are day-dreamers, and yet imprisoned in the social status quo of the time. This drives film direction to a tight shot list, which insists in paying attention to the details of the faces and the bodies. The suffocating atmosphere that characterizes the locations (military camp-middle class country house) will be conveyed through grey-green nuance. The only exception will be the bright and glamorous feeling of contemporary Christmas in Athens. The love and humorous scenes will be supported by a quick and contemporary editing.

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LAZAROS LAZAROU Throughout the movie, we see him at the age of 25 and 65 years old. He is introverted, shy, moderate, he is sensitive, well educated, interested in art, and trying to remain unbiased by the cruelty of the others at the barracks. His interaction with all-sodifferent Karamanidis, will change his life forever. The imposing lieutenant not only spurs newfound feelings to young Lazarou, but with him he will find the courage to show who he really is, even if the consequences will be very serious for him. STEFANOS KARAMANIDIS In his thirties, a lieutenant of the Greek Army. He is tough, antisocial and a difficult person. He creates feelings of fear to those around him, those who can never understand how he really feels. He is unrefined, brutal and doesn’t hesitate to use violence in order to keep his soldiers in order. His forbidden love for Zoe Loggos, will force him to interact with a man, with whom he would not want to have any contact under different circumstances, Lazaros Lazarou. In essence, this odd “friendship” will help him open up for the first time to someone, and will open up the way for his upcoming first contact with the woman he desires. His only friend is “Mageiroulis”, a stray dog at the barracks, to whom Karamanidis expresses all his love and affection. ZOE LOGGOS Around 25 years old. A beautiful young woman who got married too early, according to the usual practice at the time, and mother to

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a young girl. Forced to follow her husband on each transfer to every far-off village of Greece, she feels trapped, lonely and unsatisfied. The prospects of such a life have started to look like a prison to her. No longer can she stand to satisfy the desires of her husband, who does not give a damn about his wife’s problems. Zoe becomes more introverted, living in her own world. It’s her only line of defense to protect her sensitive feelings against the oppressing ambience of her rural surroundings. She is trying to mute the needs of her youth and her desire for life and adventure, until she sets eyes on Stefanos Karamanidis, a dark and mysterious lieutenant who, for one night, will make her feel alive. MANOLIS LOGGOS The 50 year old colonel of the battalion and husband to Zoe. He is kind hearted, ambitious and loves his family dearly. He realizes that his wife is not happy, but he doesn’t know nor realizes how to help her, so he prefers to look the other way, unintentionally looking like an indifferent husband. He is a simple man and he firmly believes that a better transfer to another city would be the solution to all of their problems. NOTIS VOSKOPOULOS Major at the barracks and a satellite to Loggos. He is proud to be related to the famous Tolis (Tolis Voskopoulos=one of the most successful Greek singers) and never misses the chance to remind everyone of this relationship. He is a blabbermouth, ambitious, and

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tries to show his authority within the barracks. He is single. PARASKEVI The housekeeper at the Loggos’s home. She follows the family on every transfer and has taken up to raise their young daughter whom she adores. She loves her bosses like family. She is the only one supporting Zoe, and the only person Zoe talks to. She has realized the problem among the couple and continuously tries to reassure Loggos regarding his wife’s behavior.

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Artwork - Booklet’s Design Alexandros Tsiachris

(Graphic Designer) Giorgos Georgiou

(Production & Costume designer)

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the christmas tango