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Xenia (2014)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 2014 (France)
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Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away.


Panos H. Koutras
10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Kostas Nikouli ... Dany
Nikos Gelia ... Odysseas (as Nikos Gkelia)
Yannis Stankoglou ... Lefteris (as Giannis Stankoglou)
Marisha Triantafyllidou ... Vivi (as Marissa Triantafyllidou)
Romanna Lobach ... Maria-Sonia (as Romana Lompats)
Aggelos Papadimitriou ... Tasos
Mohamed Alhanini Mohamed Alhanini ... Achmat
Ioulios Tziatas ... Moustafa
Electra Leda Koutra ... Dikigoros (Antigone, Ody's lawyer) (as Electra-Leda Koutra)
Konstantinos Georgopoulos Konstantinos Georgopoulos ... Stefanos
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Petros Chytiris Petros Chytiris ... Ricardo, Patty Pravo's Chauffeur
Dido ... Dido
Vali Mavridi ... Floor Manager
Patty Pravo ... Patty Pravo
Dinos Psychogios ... Bully


Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away. Determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, little do they know that the road to the much-coveted Greek citizenship is paved with ghosts from the past, adult savagery and a dream that needs to come true, no matter what. Reaching the end of this initiatory journey they eventually come of age even if Greece refuses to follow. Written by Xenia

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A New Greek Odyssey


Drama | Romance


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Greece | France | Belgium


Greek | Albanian | Italian

Release Date:

18 June 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ксения See more »

Filming Locations:

Kozani, Greece See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$358, 11 October 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Among the CD that Odysseas (Ody) is searching in the closet at the rooftop are Stereo Nova - Discolata (1993) and Trypes - Mesa Sth Nyxta ton Allon (1999). See more »


References Pokémon (1997) See more »


Written by Franco Migliacci, Piero Pintucci and Ruggero Cini
Produced by Ruggero Cini
Sung by Patty Pravo
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Winner Best Film Award - Hellenic Film Institute
19 March 2019 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

The movie «Xenia» (with the accent on the i, but I will not tell you what it is in the story) is more Aristotelian than other Greek adventures of recent vision, with a "secure structure" built on cause and effect, and it is also more sentimental, more melo-Greekly passionate... And very gay in tone (by courtesy of director Panos Koutras), although no sexual orientation is the core of the plot. It has to do with two brothers born in Crete, children of an Albanian woman who has just died and a Greek man who abandoned them. Suddenly the younger one realizes that his brother and he were not recognized, they have no documents, they are strangers in their own land, so out they go in search of their (s.o.b.) father, while some dreams are sought after and a maturing process leads them to their goals. Excellently played by the two leading actors, Kostas Nikouli and Nikos Gelia, the film combines the harsh realities of xenophobia and privation with beautiful scenes, like a brief night cruise by boat, while the boys sleep on board and on the shore the vessel is escorted by the entities in their fantasies during childhood, a period signed by abuse (David Lynch would applaud) and some surprises like Dido, the rabbit. «Xenia» won the Hellenic Film Academy awards for Best Motion Picture, Direction, Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing and Costumes; and the Best Film Award at the festivals of Gijón and Chicago.

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