Director: Marios Piperides
Starring Adam Bousdoukos, Fatih Al, Vicky Papadopoulou
Yiannis, a faded musician who is about to leave Cyprus for a better life abroad, sees his plans turned upside down when his dog runs away and crosses the Buffer Zone that separates the "Greek South" from the "Turkish North". The feature debut from writer/director Marios Piperides, the droll comedy, understated political commentary and an adorable scene-stealing canine all contribute to the appeal of this film.
Deep in debt and dumped by his girlfriend, failed musician Yiannis (Adam Bousdoukos) has decided to sell his possessions and leave Cyprus for a fresh start in Holland. The film begins on a Thursday, with three days remaining before his departure. Counting down the days, the film charts the escalating consequences from one random twist of fate. When Yiannis beloved dog Jimi runs away from the Greek Cypriot side of Nicosia to the Turkish-occupied side of the divided city, Yiannis has no choice but to follow. He eventually rescues the dog but now finds himself at the mercy of absurdist regulations that forbid the transport of live animals from one part of the island to the other. Yiannis’ passport allows him to return home, but Jimi is obliged to stay put.
The efforts to reunite Jimi with his master grow increasingly elaborate, involving Yiannis’ ex-girlfriend Kika (Vicky Papadopoulou), unreliable smuggler Tuberk (Özgür Karadeniz) and the excitable Hasan (Fatih Al), the man who now occupies the house that once belonged to Yiannis’ family.
Montenegro Film Festival - Best Feature Film (Nominee)
Les Arcs European Film Festival - Audience Choice Prize (Winner) and Best Narrative Feature (Nominee)
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) - Best Feature Film (Nominee), Best Director (Nominee), and Best Performance by an Actor - Adam Bousdoukos (Nominee)
Palm Springs International Film Festival - Bridging the Borders Award (Winner) and Bridging the Borders Award (Nominee)
Quebec City International Film Festival - Cinephile Award (Winner)
Thessaloniki Film Festival - Special Mention (Winner) and Golden Alexander Award (Nominee)
Tribeca Film Festival - Best International Narrative Feature (Winner)