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Fast & Furious: Alexandros Avranas’ Moving into “Love Me Not”

With Cannes in major prep mode, we have more international sales agent slate nuggets of info on international filmmakers we’re tracking. One of those is Greek helmer Alexandros Avranas. Coming off the English language, Jim Carrey starring True Crimes, Screen Daily reports that the filmmaker has placed what is called a “social” thriller Love Me Not on the pre production slate. Faliro House (The Lobster) and Les Films du Lendemain are co-producing. A little more digging on our parts, and we discovered that Miss Violence twosome actress Eleni Roussinou and Christos Louli will star in the pic.

Gist: Set against the backdrop of contemporary Athens and hinges on the impact of the ongoing immigrant crisis which has seen hundreds of thousands of people land on Greek shores. The tale revolves around a couple who hire a young female migrant to be a surrogate mother, moving her into their luxury villa for the duration of the pregnancy. The mother and girl bond but one night when the husband is away on business his wife goes missing.

Worth Noting: Avranas landed the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his sophomore film.

Do We Care?: Among the brightest talents from the New Greek cinema, we’re looking forward to his third (Venice tipped) feature before we get into this domestic drama from hell.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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