Greek Film “Suntan” takes Edinburgh Festival Top Prize

"Suntan"

The Argyris Papadimitroupoulos film won the prize in the Best International Film category at the Edinburgh festival, which was established in 1947 and ran this year from June 15th-26th.

The film was shot entirely on the island of Antiparos. It’s Papadimitropoulos' third feature. According to the International jury - producer and actor Sadie Frost, actor Angus Macfadyen and Screen International editor Matt Mueller - 'Suntan' was the film that "resonated" with them.

“It’s a compelling and unflinching portrait of one man’s journey from infatuation to desperation, marked out by a truly great performance from its lead actor Efthymis Papadimitriou,” Mueller said.

Papadimitropoulos said that he "couldn't be happier" with the jury's decision and talked about his days as a student in the UK in the late 90s, when "the films awarded by the Edinburgh International Film Festival dominated our talks."

“Suntan” is a story about Kostis, a 42-year-old doctor who arrives on Antparos to take over its small clinic and finds his quiet life on the island turned upside down when he falls in love with 19-year-old Anna, played by Elli Triggou.