The on-the-ground realities of a divided Nicosia and its complicated political situation come through loud and clear in this delightful comedy, directed with the lightest of touches. The protagonist is Yiannis, an about-to-emigrate Greek-Cypriot musician. When his beloved dog Jimi (Hendrix, natch) accidentally wanders over to the Turkish side of the capital, European Union laws bar the pooch’s return. So Yiannis is forced to think creatively, since their ticket to Amsterdam is set for three days hence. Can Yiannis retrieve his dog, avoid his angry landlady, dodge the menacing collectors sent by a local loan shark and get to the airport on time? Traveling to the Turkish side of Nicosia marks a journey into his own past, complete with a visit to his childhood home and a fraught reunion with his beautiful former girlfriend. As this crowd-pleaser ups the comic ante by placing more and more outrageous obstacles in the way of returning with the dog, it also reinforces the common humanity of all involved in the recovery project.
|Original Language Title:||Φυγαδεύοντας τον Χέντριξ|
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
|Language:||in Greek, English and Turkish with English subtitles|
|Producers:||Marios Piperides, Janine Teerling, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Costas Lambropoulos|
|Principal Cast:||Adam Bousdoukos, Fatih Al, Vicky Papadopoulou, Özgür Karadeniz|
|Primary Company:||The Match Factory|