“Apples,” the directorial debut of Greek filmmaker Christos Nikou, will represent Greece in the “Best International Feature Film” category at the Oscars in 2021.
Nikou is known internationally for his work as assistant director on critically acclaimed films like “Dogtooth” and “Before Midnight.”
His film “Apples,” called “an unforgettable, prescient cinematic experience” by actress Cate Blanchett, who believed in the work so fervently that she decided to fund it as a co-executive producer, opened at the Horizons section of the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
Blanchett boarded the project along with Andrew Upton, and Coco Francini of her banner Dirty Films.
"'Apples' is an unforgettable, prescient cinematic experience. Christos Nikou's film is a unique and beautiful fable about memory and loss which resonates deeply with the unrecognizable terrain in which we currently find ourselves. We are invigorated to be in creative dialogue with Christos and to help share his warmth, humour and his fascinating world view," Blanchett, Upton, and Francini said in a joint statement.
Nikou co-wrote the film with Stavros Raptis.
Actor Aris Servetalis plays the lead role in the movie
Exploring themes of memory, loss, and human connection, the film follows the life of a man who falls victim to a new pandemic that causes amnesia.
Although the film is particularly topical in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Nikou has amazingly been holding onto to the concept for “Apples” for nearly a decade.