Writer / Director
Konstantinos Antonopoulos is a filmmaker based in Athens, Greece. His latest short Postcards From The End Of The World (2019) is currently travelling in festivals (Audience Award at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Best Directing Award at Athens IFF, Honourable Mention at Minimallen SFF, Jury Special Mention at FIFF Namur). He received his MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University in New York, on an Onassis Foundation scholarship. While studying in the U.S. he directed several shorts, amongst which the award-winning Without Glasses (2009) and Lea (2013). Back in Athens he co-wrote the feature film Symptom (premier at TorinoFilmFestival 2015), edited the feature film My First Kiss And The People Involved (premier at L.A. FIlm Festival 2016) and directed a number of documentary series for the TV and the web. He’s a Berlinale Talents, TorinoFilmLab and Sarajevo FF CineLink alumni. In 2019 he received the SNF Artist Fellowship Award. He teaches filmmaking at the Onassis Cultural Center. He believes in patience.
Aegean Sea, 703 AD. Two shipwrecked convicts, trapped in wooden pillories, wash ashore on a desert island. One is ZAHARIAS, a naive, cross-eyed beekeeper who has been accused of heresy by a neighbour who covets his wife. The other is JUSTINIAN II, former ruler of the Byzantine Empire, now dethroned, humiliated and mutilated: his nose has been cut off. Humble man and fallen god are equally desperate: betrayed, lost and ready to die. Their chance encounter gives them a glimmer of hope. Zaharias sees an opportunity to reclaim his wife, while Justinian starts believing he might have another shot at the throne. The two pilloried men embark on a mission to reach the mainland, but the island keeps placing hurdles in their way, forcing them to face their inner frailties. Determined to prove to each other – and to themselves – they are entitled to a second chance, Justinian and Zaharias become enemies, and also each other’s mentor.