Tonia Mishiali on Cineuropa

KARLOVY VARY 2018 East of the West

Tonia Mishiali • Director

“It’s a film that is viewed through the prism of the complex and fascinating female nature”

by Vassilis Economou

11/07/2018 – KARLOVY VARY 2018

We talked to director Tonia Mishiali about the importance of the story she tells in Pause, and the impact it could have on society in Cyprus and abroad

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The first reviews of PAUSE

We are overwhelmed that the first reviews on our film PAUSE are out. You can read them below:

or by visiting

https://www.pause-featurefilm.com/single-post/2018/07/11/The-first-reviews-on-PAUSE-are-out

 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | 10 July 2018

‘Pause’ (‘Pafsi’): Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018

Cypriot director Tonia Mishiali casts Frances McDormand look-alike Stela Fyrogeni in her feature debut about a housewife in an unhealthy marriage who starts daydreaming about revenge​

by Boyd van Hoeij

ENET PRESS | 6 July 2018

53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Outcries by women and unprotected children | Surprises from Cyprus and Russia​

by Ninos Fenek Mikellides

CINEUROPA | 5 July 2018

Karlovy Vary 2018 East of the West

Review: Pause

Cypriot writer-director Tonia Mishiali focuses on the position of women in a conservative and patriarchal society with an emotional and realistic debut

by Vassilis Economou

Face of the month | Time Out Cyprus | July Issue

Big thanks to Yiannis Petevis and Time Out Cyprus!
Just a few days before our film’s world premiere in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, our director Tonia Mishiali, is presented as the face of the month in the July issue of Time Out Cyprus, and talks about PAUSE and more…

World premiere for PAUSE

I am so overwhelmed! Great news for PAUSE!

My directorial debut PAUSE has been officially selected for its World Premiere at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Festival at the East of the West competition (29 June – 7 July 2018).

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe. The section “East of the West” is an international competition of debuts and second feature-length films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, shown exclusively as world, international, or European premieres.

Read about the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF lineup on CINEUROPA, VARIETY and SCREEN DAILY.

Here is a taste of PAUSE!

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Check out the page of our film as presented on the Karlovy Vary Website.
Synopsis by Lenka Tyrpáková
Elpida is a housewife confronted with the first signs of menopause while trapped in a loveless marriage to a heartless, despotic man. Her solitary life consists of stereotypical activities, which she carries out with humility and resignation. Together with the physical changes to her body, however, her mind and her perception of reality are also gradually affected as long suppressed desires and needs come to the surface… In her muted psychological drama the debuting director addresses the recurring theme of the position of women in a patriarchal society. The formally mature film is dominated by a subtle, superbly nuanced performance from Stela Fyrogeni, who enables the viewer to experience Elpida’s internal struggle firsthand.
Screenings at Karlovy Vary
World premiere
Wednesday  04.07.2018    19:00  Pupp Cinema
Official Screenings
Thursday      05.07.2018    15:30  Small Hall
Saturday       07.07.2018    14:00  Cinema B
Press & Industry screening
Tuesday        03.07.2018     13:00 Cinema A

Market screening of PAUSE at EFM

I am pleased to announce that my directorial debut film PAUSE, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and our International sales agency Film Republic, will be screened at the European Film Market at the Berlinale 2018. The screening is for industry professionals only. A work in progress version of the film will be screened.

 

EFM Market screening

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Monday 19 February 2018, 19:35

I will be attending the EFM 16-21 Feb. and I am available for meetings. Anyone interested please email me at toniamishiali@icloud.com

You can also arrange a meeting with managing director of Film Republic, Xavier Henry-Rashid. He will be in Berlin 15-23 Feb. and can be reached at xavier@filmrepublic.biz and at the Film Republic Stand at the EFM.

Film Republic International Sales

Martin Gropius Bau

Stand 158

You can also find information about the film at the European Film Market at:

Cyprus Cultural Services – Ministry of education and culture

Mariott Hotel

Stand 132

Greek Film Centre

Martin Gropius Bau

Stand 9

 

Otherwise you can find information at www.pause-featurefilm.com

PAUSE in Karlovy Vary IFF Works in Progress

I am happy to announce that PAUSE has been selected to participate in the Works in Progress of the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival taking place June 30-  July 8 2017.

I will be attending the festival where I will present PAUSE including a teaser and a scene from the film. Following a panel discussion, the festival arranges for interested visitors of the Works in Progress programme (sales agents, festival programmers, distributors) to set up individual meetings with the presenters to get more information about their projects.

7 other films will be presented this year.

It’s a wrap for PAUSE!

Tired from the last month of shooting PAUSE, but very happy that the shoot wrapped successfully. Best cast and best crew anyone could hope for!

 

My… Menopause!!!

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My directorial feature film debut MENOPAUSE is developing well after receiving 70% funding from the Film Fund in Cyprus, some development funds from SEE Cinema Network and a possible co-production with Greece through Authorwave Post-Production Company. I am glad to have A.B. Seahorse Film Productions ltd and Producers Andros Achilleos and Stelana Kliris on board in the production. We are now in the process of talking to possible co-producers that we connected with during the project participation in CoCo 2015 (Connecting COttbus) and MMP (Mannheim Meeting Place 2015). Shooting is planned to start in January 2017.

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My latest film news

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Back in June this year, my film LULLABY OF THE BUTTERFLY was officially selected to participate in the competition of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel to LA to represent it! The screening took place at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood!

A great experience!

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Great news came also in the Summer when I found out that LULLABY OF THE BUTTERFLY has been officially selected at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festival) and I am as we speak planning my trip to Bristol UK. Will post photos on www.lullabyofthebutterfly.com

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The greatest news of all is that my debut feature film MENOPAUSE has been selected to take part in two amazing co-production markets Mannheim Meeting Place 19-22 October 2015 (Mannheim Film Festival, Germany) and Connecting Cottbus 5-6 November 2015 (Cottbus International Film Festival, Germany). Looking forward to both! Will keep you posted on more news!

 

 

Great things happening…

sarajevo film festival 25I haven’t written in a while and this means that things have been busy… which is a good thing… In the past year, I have shot my 3rd short film “Lullaby of the butterfly” which has finished and already started its Festival run with an amazing Festival for World Premiere, Sarajevo Film Festival… I represented the film and it was an amazing experience, walked the red carpet and everything…!!! The films in competition were only 10 in number which made things even more exciting! Up next was Drama Short Film Festival which I visited as well and had a fantastic time with fellow filmmakers Daina Papadaki, Marios Piperides and the lead actress of the film, Alexia Charalambidou! We had some really good feedback for our film and found out, after the closing ceremony- from one of the judges, that Alexia just missed the Best actress award! Pity, but it was good to know! Athens International Film Festival was next and EkaDeshma in Nepal for our lullaby…. but this week comes the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, where “Lullaby of the butterfly” makes its National Premiere on Saturday 11th October at 8.30pm in Limassol at Rialto Theatre!

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“Dead End”, which is still alive and kicking, has had numerous Festival Competition participations throughout the year, in almost every country you can imagine… to mention a few, Palm Springs Shortfest (California, USA), Mediterranean Film Festival of Tangiers (Morocco), Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival (Armenia) and more in Italy, Romania, Finland, UK, Germany, Autralia, France, Belgium, India, Switzerland, South Korea and many more…

Furthermore, I have been very busy with work for the Directors Guild of Cyprus as I was elected to be a member of the board in January 2014! We have done loads of work since then and we are very proud… we have made a website, membership cards, become members of FERA, updated our statute, organised one festival and one masterclass… and we are still going….

Last but not least, I have been Executive Producer and Production manager on 2 feature film productions that we prepared and shot from April-July 2014. This has been very hard as the 2 productions were shot back to back but I hope our hard efforts will show once the films are finished! Both productions, “Family member” by Marinos Kartikkis and “Magic Beans” by Theo Panayides are now in post-production and expected to be completed in 2015.

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Last show…

On Sunday 26th May was the last show of the play “Αιώνες μακριά από την Αλάσκα” (Centuries away from Alaska) a play written by Greek playwright Akis Demou and directed by myself for Dionysos Theatre in Nicosia.

It was fun, creative, and definitely a challenge since we managed to stage the performance in only 3 weeks!

I can say that the play was a success.

Working with good collaborators is also what makes your work look better! Thank you Nico, Elena, George, Christo, Maria, Angelica and Joanna!

Highlights from the play to be uploaded soon. Stay tuned…

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