PISO APO TIS THIMONIES
Greece, Germany, North Macedonia
Behind the Haystacks is my debut feature film. It is a social drama with thriller elements taking place in 2015 in a lakeside village on the Greek Northern border, where hundreds of migrants gather every day with the goal to illegally cross into Northern Europe.
This story is told from three different perspectives, through a ‘Rashomon-style’ narrative: we gradually discover, through the individual perspectives of three family members, the consequences of self-motivated desires and prejudices related to a central incident. The story takes place in a local corrupt and patriarchal society, while raising questions about how an entire community can be led to crime, deception, submission and collective denial. At the same time, the background highlights the hypocrisy of our ‘civilised’ Western societies, which on the one hand shed tears for humanity, but on the other hand become accomplices in the exploitation, impoverishment, displacement and even death of thousands of people. Behind the Haystacks is thus, an exploration about where our modern societies are being led to and why, and about the way individual human relationships collapse within these societies. An exploration, which, however, has no intention of condemning the everyday man who – defeated – submits to corrupt social structures. On the contrary, it attempts to shed light onto the darkness and unveil everything that is human and beautiful in his/her everyday struggle to survive, from his/her need to love, to enjoy her life, and improve the world around her.
The film was shot during the second Covid lockdown in 2021, in different locations in Greece and North Macedonia - under extremely difficult circumstances. However, the challenging constraints and countless obstacles helped us take bold and risky decisions in a creative and emotionally gripping process, that turned constraints into new visual stylistic choices. These stylistic decisions related to camerawork, framing and offscreen sound, although initiated by technical constraints themselves, finally served the narrative in a unique and original way, and were coherently embodied into the overall lyrical, intense and intimate style of the film.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Asimina Proedrou
Written by: Asimina Proedrou
Main Producer: Ioanna Bolomyti, Markus Halberschmidt, Vladimir Anastasov, Angela Nestorovska
Cinematography: Simos Sakertzis
Editing: Electra Venaki
Production Design: Eduard Georgiou
Costume Design: Kiki Miliou
Make-Up & Hair: Dora Nazou
Original Score: Marios Strofalis
Sound: Nikos Papadimitrioiu, Electra Venaki, Persefoni Miliou, Kostas Varibopiotis
Visual Effects: Antonis Kotzias
Casting: Sotiria Marini, Sofia Dimopoulou, Fragiskos Xydianos, Akis Gourzoulidis
Cast: Stathis Stamoulakatos (Stergios), Lena Ouzounidou (Maria), Eugenia Lavda (Anastasia)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2023