Greece, Germany


Kostis is a 42-year-old doctor who finds himself on the tiny Greek island of Antiparos, a total bore by winter and a sex-crazed cosmopolitan hotspot during summertime. Αll young Anna has to do to turn his head is burst into the clinic with her group of hard-partying friends and drag him out. Kostis will go out of his way to conquer her and impress them, but finds it harder and harder to keep up. How far can he go?
SUNTAN celebrates the beauty and strength of the young body, while at the same time it embraces its inevitable decay.

Director's Statement

Getting a suntan is beautiful, it is dangerous and it fades away quickly - just like youth.
We shot my most personal film to date during the summertime on the tiny island of Antiparos, when the place was packed with non-stop party-goers. Shooting a film at the busiest time of the season on a Greek island might sound like mission impossible to some, but to me it was an obvious choice. I’ve been going to Antiparos since I was 15 years old, like any hormonal teenager, and I still refuse to give up – although I’m dangerously close to the age of my leading man, Kostis.
At his early 40s, Kostis is a non-typical specimen of the adult world. He doesn’t have a family of his own, like most men his age, but he too is a prisoner of his own body, forced to stand by and watch it wither away, unable to resist the merciless passage of time.
He is faced with five prime examples of youth, a time of life that has long passed him by, probably never lived to the fullest, a time of frolicking and carelessness and, most importantly, a time of physical prominence where the body is king. It’s the age when one most lusts exhilaration, playing, dancing, falling in love and pursuing the passions of the flesh.
The eternal Greek summer provided the perfect background for this extravagance of craving and everything that goes with it: flirting, casual sex, drugs, alcohol and generally pushing the boundaries to see how far your body can go.
In the exploration of my hero's boundaries and his journey to the unknown land of physicality, I came across a terra incognita of my own – somewhat ironically, I ended up inventing a genre: I introduce you to the coming-of-middle-age film.

Director's Biography

Argyris Papadimitropoulos was born in the year the Ramones released their legendary debut album, and this might somewhat explain his punk temperament.
After directing two multi-awarded shorts and receiving a Berlinale Talent Campus stamp on his film passport, Argyris went on to become the youngest Greek filmmaker to direct a box-office feature hit. BANK BANG, which came out in 2008, went on to become a major commercial and critical hit, with 500,000 admissions and rave reviews. The film also won the First-Time Director Award from the Hellenic Film Academy.
His follow-up, WASTED YOUTH (2011), opened the 40th Rotterdam IFF and has since travelled to more than 40 festivals around the world, such as Toronto, BAFICI, Karlovy Vary, and Munich.
His latest film SUNTAN (2016) also premiered at the Rotterdam IFF. Right after that SUNTAN won the best film award at the Edinburgh IFF, the youth jury award in Brussels and a nomination for the LUX Prize of the European Parliament.
Argyris has also directed more than 200 commercials. He often puts on his producer hat with his own company, Oxymoron Films, presenting the world with award-winning features such as the 2014 Berlinale sensation AT HOME.
Last but not least, Argyris has no hobbies whatsoever.

2008 - BANK BANG
2004 - TENDER, short
2003 - PENDULUM, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Written by: Syllas Tzoumerkas, Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Produced by: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Phaedra Vokali

Cinematography: Christos Karamanis

Editing: Napoleon Stratogiannakis

Production Design: Aliki Kouvaka

Costume Design: Marli Aleiferi

Make-Up & Hair: Evi Zafeiropoulou

Original Score: Yiannis Veslemes

Sound Design: Leandros Ntounis

Main Cast: Makis Papadimitriou (Kostis), Elli Triggou (Anna), Xara Kotsali (Alin), Milou Van Groesen (Mila), Dimi Hart (Jason), Markus Collen (Morten)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2016