The director of “The attack of the giant Moussaka” approached for the Cannes Film Festival
“The Attack of the Giant Moussaka”, the Greek director Panos Koutras, is tipped to return to the Cannes Film Festival this year with his fifth feature film ‘Dodo’ according to Daily screen.
Koutras first rose to prominence with his first feature film “The Attack of the Giant Moussaka”, a Greek sci-fi parody film, which he produced, wrote and directed.
It was theatrically released in France, with French subtitles where it remains a cult classic, and in Japan, with Japanese subtitles. It was screened at several festivals, including specialist LGBT film festivals.
His recent work ‘Dodo’ revolves around an ancient great family of Athens in decline. Koutras’ latest feature, Xenia, premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2014.
RESOURCE | ABOUT PANOS KOUTRAS
Panos H. Koutras is a Greek director, producer and screenwriter, who made his debut with the feature film The attack of the giant Moussaka (1999), an independent sci-fi parody that gained international recognition in France and Japan and is still considered a cult classic. He directed, produced and wrote three other films: Real life (2004), a Franco-Greek co-production, selected at the Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) Strella (2009), selected for the Panorama of the Berlin International Film Festival and Xenia (2014), selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. His last movie, Dodo (2022), a Greek-French-Belgian co-production is currently in post-production.
His first feature film, The attack of the giant Moussaka (1999) was a totally independent production and one of the first films shot digitally in Greece. It was completed after five years and two rounds of filming. The film is recognized in France, where it is still considered a cult classic. The film was also released in theaters in Japan.
His second feature film, Real life (2004), a Greek-French co-production, became a critics’ favorite in Greece, where it won the National Critics Award in 2004, and made it to the Toronto International Film Festival in the section The contemporary world.
His third feature film, Strella (2009), which premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. Strella (2009), a completely independent production, was shot over a period of almost ten months with almost all the roles played by non-professionals. Mina Orfanou, the trans actress who played the title role, was the first trans woman to receive Best Female Lead at the Hellenic Film Academy awards.
xeniahis fourth feature, a Greek-French-Belgian co-production, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), was Greece’s official submission for the International Film Oscar.