Following the successful film festival and semi-theatrical release of Little England, Corinth Films has set dates for the film's debut on Netflix and Home Video. Little England is the Oscar Award shortlist submission from Greece for Best Foreign Language Film directed and produced by husband and wife team Pantelis Voulgaris and Ioanna Karystiani (upon whose earlier book the script is based) about tumultuous love stories that take place on the picturesque Greek island of Andros before and after World War II among ship owning families who are notorious for fracturing familial and marital bonds in order to protect their social and financial standing.
Little England will be released on DVD on June 14, 2016 and is available for pre-order at this link.
Little England is also currently available on Amazon Video and iTunes.
The picture debuts on Netflix May 1st 2016 and is also currently playing on United/Continental Airlines' in-flight film roster.
The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij describes the film as "handsomely mounted and impeccably acted film" and "a woman's picture in every sense of the word." Ray Pride of Chicago's New City Film calls it "a nice slice of Greek pageantry, a richly melodramatic woman's picture centering on three young women on the Greek isle of Andros in the 1930's."
Penelope Tsilika as Orsa
Expanded summary: Set during the 1930's and 40's on the picturesque Greek island of Andros, part of the Cycladic archipelago with a long history of military embroilment and seafaring turmoil, Little England is not only the title of this film but also the name of a shipping enterprise introduced to the viewer as the story progresses. The opening scene of rolling ocean waves and crashing surf is a forbearance of the story's schedule of turbulent events which follow.
20 year-old Orsa (Penelope Tsilika) is passionately in love with second mate Spyros Maltabes (Andreas Konstantinou), a secret she dares not reveal to anyone, least of all her domineering mother, Mina. Her energetic younger sister, Moscha (Sofia Kokkali), is determined to leave Andros and escape the typical woman's fate on the island; marrying sailors, who are the mainstay of Andros's economy and constantly absent due to their seafaring duties. Mina (Anneza Papadopoulou), herself the wife of a captain who prefers the Atlántico Sur over his home, constantly ponders the reward for a life of blind marital faithfulness and inadvertently attempts to pass her beleaguered logic onto her daughters to protect them from the predictable heartache that women on Andros suffer as a result of marrying seafarers.
Without the slightest consideration of her daughters' desire to marry out of love, Mina uses her societal connections to wed her daughters off to the wealthiest suitors Andros has to offer; Orsa to ship owner and captain Nikos Vatokouzis (Maximos Moumouris) and later Moscha to the very man Mina earlier rejected as a potential husband to Orsa, Spyros Maltabes, who returns to the island as an accomplished captain after spending years toiling in the lower rankings of the ship's hierarchy. Moscha wastes no time torturing her sister with vivid descriptions of intimate moments with her new husband, for whom Orsa still harbors deep feelings. A final tragedy later seals the fate of the family as the story progresses into the throes of World War II, the events of which do nothing to make hauling cargo on the high seas any safer.
Little England has played at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and in theatrical venues in Chicago, Miami, Portland, Hartford, Cleveland, San Diego, and sold out shows at the Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco Greek Film Festivals.
Starring Penelope Tsilika as Orsa, Andreas Konstantinou as Spiros, Sofia Kokkali as Moscha, Anneza Papadopoulou as Mina, and Maximos Moumouris as Nikos Vatokouzis.
Directed by Pantelis Voulgaris. Written by Ioanna Karystiani.
2014 | Not-Rated | 132 minutes | Color | 2:35
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