Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery.
Through images deadpan, strange and surreal, Greek writer-director Christos Nikou posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss, exploring how a society might handle an irreversible epidemic through one man’s story of self-discovery.
Are we the sum of the images we compile and display of ourselves, or are we something richer, and deeper?
|Original Title||Apples - Mila|
|Directed by||Christos Nikou|
|Screenplay||Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis|
|Film Editing||Giorgos Zafeiris|
|Production||Nikos Smpiliris, Iraklis Mavroidis, Angelo Venetis, Aris Dagios, Mariusz Włodarski, Christos Nikou|
Filmfestival Venedig 2020
Filmfestival Zürich 2020
«Soulfully relevant.» Variety
«Arresting. Somber and surreal, this is a haunting meditation on the manipulation of memory. Christos Nikou establishes himself as an exciting new voice.» The Hollywood Reporter
«Splendidly poignant.» The Guardian
«APPLES is among the list of 10 Best films to the Oscar Race.» CNN
«A quirky little gem, a movie with a great sense of visual composition and a fascinating concept.» Rogerebert
«This debut film does deserve such high praise. Apples thus announces Nikou as the latest in a growing line of excellent contemporary Greek filmmakers making movies that stir brains and melt hearts.» Cineuropa
«Strong. A moving, sensitive and droll debut about re-integration into society, memory and grief.» Deadline
«It shines an unusual spotlight on what it means to experience, what it means to capture and hold on to memories, and what it means to find your way back—to the world, and to yourself.» Observer
«APPLES could not have been released at a more perfect time.» The Playlist
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