Writer / Director
Luigi Campi and Konstantinos Antonopoulos started collaborating while studying film at Columbia University. Luigi is a Fulbright fellow, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia graduate and an Oxbelly, TorinoFilmLab and Berlinale Talents alum. His first feature My First Kiss and the People Involved premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and went on to receive awards at major US festivals. His next feature film has recently been optioned, and a feature thriller he co-wrote is set to shoot in Vietnam in June.
“Taking admirable chances with his first narrative feature, writer-director Luigi Campi demonstrates a sure grasp of sensory detail… it will be interesting to see how Campi’s unconventional, immersive approach evolves.” – The Hollywood Reporter.
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.