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Holy Emy

Holy Emy

Original Name: Agia Emi
English Name: Holy Emy 
Year: 2021
Run Time: 111 Min
Language: English, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: France, Greece, USA
Director: Araceli Lemos
Producer: Konstantinos Vassilaros, Mathieu Bompoint, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim
Cast: Abigael Loma, Hasmine Kilip, Michalis Syriopoulos, Angeli Bayani, Ku Aquino and Irene Igglesi
Screenplay: Giulia Caruso, Araceli Lemos
Cinematographer: Ki Jin Kim
Editor: Raphaëlle Martin-Hölger, Araceli Lemos
Sound Designer: Persefone Miliou
Music Composer: Oiseaux-Tempête
Costume Designer: Eva Goulakou
Production Designer: Callie Andreadis
Production Company: Konstantinos Vassilaros, StudioBauhaus
World Sales: TVCO SRL
World Sales Phone: +39 06 31 05 56 90
World Sales Email: info@tvco.eu

Festivals:

  • Locarno IFF 2021
  • AFI Fest 2021
  • Thessaloniki IFF 2021
  • Seville European FF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2020 Stefanos Rokos: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part, 14 Paintings 17 Years Later (Doc Short)
  • 2012 Miguel Alvarez Wears a Wig (Short)
  • 2010 Debbie and Janice as the Maids (Short)

Director’s Biography:

Greek filmmaker, based between Athens and Los Angeles, runs the audio-visual production company Nonetheless. In 2013, she founded the International Project Discovery Forum, a development forum for Balkan feature films in development, and is in charge of the industry section of the Los Angeles Greek FF. She has worked as an editor on documentaries such as They Glow in the Dark (2013) and Irving Park (2019), both by Panayotis Evangelidis. She has directed theatre and three short films, one of which, Miguel Alvarez Wears a Wig, screened at festivals around the world, before making her feature directorial debut with Holy Emy.

Synopsis:

When their mother returns to the Philippines, two young sisters, Emy and Teresa, are left alone in Athens where they begin to forge separate paths in search of their own identities. Teresa, secretly pregnant with a Greek sailor’s child, is embraced by the insular Filipino Charismatic Catholic church where Emy feels like an outsider. Emy is drawn toward the home of Mrs. Christina, an elderly Greek woman who runs an alternative healing practice where the sisters’ mother used to work. As Teresa’s pregnancy advances, Emy explores the mysterious forces and abilities within her and must learn how to live a life of her own. Will she make peace with the gifts and curses of her body?