Wednesday, June 22, 2022

2022 Films: Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide

Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide by Stilvi Psilopoulou
Athens, Greece(Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 9 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 10 at 6:30PM

Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide revolves around depression and the struggle that a great deal of people undergo every single day in order to fight against it. The film identifies as the root of the problem the social taboos which entrap us into small boxes in which we all suffocate. The main character works at a very toxic environment that has nothing to do with what she wanted to be as a little girl. This leads her to antidepressants and the decision to put an end to her life. Will hope prevail in the end or it's too late?

Director Bio:

Stilvi Psilopoulou is a distinguished actress received her Bachelor’s degree in Acting in 2014 from one of the top Drama Schools in Athens, Greece, the Mary Vogiatzi-Traga Drama School while being already a holder of another Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the very well-known institution The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Stilvi Psilopoulou has been working as an actor for almost a decade with some of the very best Greek actors like Elisavet Konstantinidou, Ilias Logothetis, Alexandros Stavrou, Katerina Didaskalou, Nikitas Tsakiroglou and more. She has also worked with the most prominent Greek directors like Dimitris Arvanitis, Yorgos Oikonomidis, Panos Aggelopoulos and more.

In the years 2006-2009, Stilvi Psilopoulou has been the lead in many theater productions in Thessaloniki. Later on, she moved to Athens where in 2011 she took part in the very well-known TV series Stolen Dreams. In 2014 she started expanding her creativity directing this time herself A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the participation of the students of Mavrommati School.

In 2016, she was the first to translate the British play Yard Gal in Greek in which she also starred and was the line producer. Under the direction of Alexandros Stavrou Yard Gal became a great success. One year later, she wrote, produced and starred in the short film Black Boxed which was nominated by the Female Filmmakers Festival in L.A. and awarded with special honors by the Artfools Eco-Fashion Film Festival in Greece. Black Boxed is what she calls her feminist manifesto. She has also taken part in other short films as well.

In 2017, she took part in The Saviors Of God-Spiritual Exercises which was staged at Odeon Of Herodes Atticus. The following year she starred in Prisoners at Vault Theater and a few months later she also starred in What Are You Doing There? which was staged at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London.

In 2020, she starred in Ciao Italia film and she also took part in Balland for a Pierced Heart.

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