Feature film 2010 Greece, official selection Karlovy Vary
The visually captivating feature debut Black Field takes place in Greece in 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff, and the sisters take him in and care for him. Sister Anthi, one of those who tends him, falls in love with the soldier and eventually helps him escape. The central focus of the film does not come out of its historical context but is derived from the relationship between the two main characters and, above all, from the quest for freedom and identity for young Anthi. The initially silent sister, hiding a surprising secret, discovers heretofore unknown desires that lead her to a radically altered view of herself. Debut writer-director Vardis Marinakis has succeeded in creating a powerful drama about the search for sexual and gender identity. Black Field is a visually refined story about the effort to liberate oneself from society’s rules and standards. The film excels through its sophisticated atmosphere and the great attention paid to production design.
Best Film Toronto LGBT FF
Second Best Film Sevilla FF
Best actress Sevilla FF
Special Jury Award Mumbai FF- (president of the jury Jane Campion)
Young Audience Award Tous Ecrans Geneva FF
Cinematography Award Greek Film Academy