Writer / Director
Panagiotis Charamis was born in Drama, Greece in 1978. He completed his BA in Film Studies at the University of Kent in 2006. In 2009, he graduated with an MA in Filmmaking with Distinction from Kingston University. Since he has been working as a director and a Director of Photography in a number of awarded short films and
documentaries as well as in advertising. His first feature documentary ATTENTION!, which he co-directed with
Onur Bakir, premiered at the 35th Istanbul Film Festival, where it won the Best Documentary Award.
AVANOS tells the story of Tasos, a detainee on a short prison-release returning to his hometown near the borders between Greece and Turkey after 17 years absence, to attend his mother’s memorial service. There he finds out that his ex-girlfriend’s (Kiki) son could well be his own child. During his search for the truth, Tasos realizes that his Uncle Pater, the local smuggler and his ex-partner in crime, has gone crazy and has turned the village into living hell, dragging Kiki’s son nikos in with him. As events start to escalate, Tasos discovers that nikos might actually be Pater’s son. In a final attempt to attain salvation, he decides to stay and take on one“last” job to help Kiki escape from the village and save nikos from a dark future. On the night of the “job” things go wrong and Tasos watches as nikos is killed. Tasos has no choice. Once again, Tasos pulls the trigger; on the man he went to prison for, his father figure and uncle, Pater himself.