LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) highlighted seven Greeks with Oscar hopes this year: Christos Nikou, Phedon Papamichael, Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Nicolas Kolovos, Jacqueline Lentzou, Anna Rezan, and Constantinos Venetopoulos.
Christos Nikou’s debut Apples has exceeded all expectations and is now in the running for an Oscar nomination (in the international feature film, screenplay, and more categories). Nikou previously worked as assistant director to Yorgos Lanthimos, and has made award-winning short films. He is represented by the top Hollywood agency CAA and is preparing to embark on his first English feature Fingernails, starring Carey Mulligan and produced by Cate Blanchett’s production company Dirty Films.
LAGFF’s industrious and multi-talented friend and advisor, Phedon Papamichael – a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) – is in the running for an Oscar nomination in the cinematography category for Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 which has already received five Golden Globe nominations.
Papamichael is one of the most highly sought-after cinematographers in Hollywood and has worked with famous directors, including Alexander Payne (Sideways, Nebraska, Downsizing) and James Mangold (Ford V Ferrari, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). He also directs his own films, his latest – Light Falls – is already in post-production. From the sidelines, Papamichael has been extremely supportive of Greek and Georgian filmmakers, and an active advisor to the LAGFF team.
A Columbia University graduate, Konstantinos Antonopoulos is an award-winning filmmaker who has made several short films and documentaries. His Postcards from the End of the World is currently competing for an Oscar nomination.
Nicolas Kolovos is a director/writer who lives and works in Sweden. He has directed various films which have participated in international festivals and received awards. In 2016, he received the Iris Award from the Hellenic Film Academy for his short film Fig. His latest, Index, is currently in the running for an Oscar nomination.
Jacqueline Lentzou has directed four shorts which screened and won awards at numerous festivals, the most prestigious one being the Cine Leica Discovery Award in Cannes’ Semaine De La Critique (2018) for Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year. Currently, she is finalizing her feature debut Moon: 66 Questions. Her short The End of Suffering is in the running for an Oscar nomination.
In her documentary, My People: The Jews of Greece, Anna Rezan explores her Jewish roots and history of her ancestors. The film is also in the running for an Oscar nomination.
In addition to publishing two novels, Constantinos Venetopoulos has had his films premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, among others. His most recent work, Draw with Me, created in partnership with The Trevor Project about Brendon Scholl, a youth in transition, features Jennifer Lopez and President Joe Biden – is currently competing for an Oscar nomination.
More information about LAGFF is available online: https://lagff.org.