Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2014
Run Time: 134 minutes


Danny’s mother is dead. She died last week, a combination of the drugs and alcohol ultimately taking her life. Orphaned, the 16-year-old Albanian comes knocking on his older brother Odysseus’ door with a foolproof plan. The two are going to find “The Unspeakable” (their biological father) and forcibly coax him into paying a child abandonment fee. Foolproof plan part 2: Odysseus is going to win the “Greek Star” talent show, thanks to his gilded voice. But there’s a problem… okay, there are lots of problems. First, Danny and Odysseus are hiding their nationality in a Greece increasingly riddled with anti-Albanian violence. Second, Danny’s splashy flashes of flamboyance make it difficult for the two to blend in. Third, did we mention their plan involves burglary and extortion? There simply aren’t enough words to describe XENIA, a remarkable comedy-drama-adventure that manages to be funny, sad, exciting, and surreal virtually in the same breath. With two breakout leads and assured direction from a veteran filmmaker, XENIA is pure escapism. (In Greek, Albanian, and Italian with subtitles) – C.P.

CIFF39 Screenings

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

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Panos H. Koutras

Panos H. Koutras studied at the London International Film School and the Sorbonne in Paris. In the mid-90s he moved to Athens and founded 100% Synthetic Films. His films have been screened internationally to widespread acclaim.

"The Attack of the Giant Mousaka" (1999), "Real Life" (2004), "Strella" (2009), XENIA (2014)

Alexandra Boussiou, Eleni Kossyfidou, Panos H. Koutras

Panos H. Koutras, Panagiotis Evangelidis

élène Louvart, Simos Sarketzis

Yorgos Lamprinos

Principal Cast
Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Yannis Stankoglou, Marissa Triandafyllidou, Aggelos Papadimitriou

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