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Asimina Proedrou’s film to feature at the Sydney Film Festival




The 70th Sydney Film Festival, in partnership with European Film Promotion, has announced Europe! Voices of Women in Film, a program of 10 new films from vital European women filmmakers.

Among the female-made films is Behind the Haystacks (2022) by Greek director and screenwriter, Asimina Proedrou.

The film festival will be held from June 7 to 18 with Ms Proedrou travelling to Sydney to present her new film.

Ms Proedrou’s film is about the 2015 refugee crisis on the Greece-North Macedonia border. It is seen through the eyes of three morally culpable family members with overlapping and contradicting versions.

Asimina Proedrou film: ‘Behind the Haystacks’ . Photo: Sydney Film Festival.

Sydney Film Festival Director, Nashen Moodley, commented on the event and said: “The Europe! Voices of Women in Film program’s eighth edition shines a light on exceptional women filmmakers, amplifying their voices in an industry burdened by gender disparity.”

“Featuring films from Italy to Denmark and Ireland to Estonia, the program serves as a platform for the diverse experiences and narratives of European women,” Ms Moodley added.

EFP Films:

  • BAND | 2022 | Iceland | Director, Screenwriter: Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir 
  • BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS | 2022 | Greece, Germany, North Macedonia | Director, Screenwriter: Asimina Proedrou 
  • ELAHA | 2023 | Germany | Director: Milena Aboyan 
  • FAMILY TIME | 2023 | Finland, Sweden | Director, Screenwriter: Tia Kouvo 
  • THE GIRL FROM TOMORROW | 2022 | Italy, France | Director, Screenwriter: Marta Savina 
  • THE QUIET MIGRATION | 2023 | Denmark | Director: Malene Choi 
  • SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD | 2023 | Estonia, France, Iceland | Director, Screenwriter: Anna Hints 
  • SUNLIGHT | 2023 | Ireland | Director: Claire Dix 
  • THAT AFTERNOON | 2023 | Netherlands | Director, Screenwriter: Nafiss Nia 
  • THUNDER | 2022 | Switzerland | Director, Screenwriter: Carmen Jaquier 

The full Sydney Film Festival 2023 program can be found online at sff.org.au. The Sydney Film Festival runs in cinemas from 7-18 June 2023.

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