Two Greek films were nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday. The film “The Lobster” written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos has been nominated for best original screenplay in the 2017 and the documentary “4.1 Miles” by Greek director Daphne Matziaraki has been shortlisted for best short documentary.
In the black comedy “The Lobster” a single person has 45 days after a breakup to find a new partner, and if the new partner does not materialize, the single person will be turned into an animal.
Daphne Matziaraki has made a short documentary called 4.1 Miles which tells which tells the story of “a day in the life of a Greek coast guard captain called Kyriakos Papadopoulos on the Greek island of Lesvos, in the midst of the migrant crisis in Greece and how it impacts him personally”
Daphne says; “As a Greek filmmaker I felt there was something missing from the coverage. I wanted to make a film that would capture the strength and determination of the unknown heroes working tirelessly in an impossible situation,”
Daphne’s haunting but moving documentary you can see here; 4.1 miles documentary. Everybody should see it. It puts your feet on the ground again.
The Oscar ceremony is on February 26th, 2017.