“Smuggling Hendrix” is a black comedy/political satire about YIANNIS, a Greek-Cypriot faded musician who lives in Nicosia, close to the UN Buffer Zone. Yiannis is fed up with life on the island, with the economic crisis and the never-ending Cyprus problem. His long-time girlfriend, KIKA, just left him, while his mobster creditors are breathing down his neck. His plan is to leave Cyprus once and for all, with his beloved dog JIMI. However, his plans get turned upside down just three days before his planned departure, when Jimi runs away and crosses the buffer zone into the “Turkish side”. Yiannis crosses the checkpoint and finds Jimi, but is confronted with a European law that prohibits animal crossing between the two “sides”. Yiannis now finds himself stuck on the “Turkish side”, trying to find a way to bring his dog back while his time is running out. This is when he meets HASSAN, a Turkish settler and family man. The two men have more in common than first meets the eye and Yiannis manages to convince Hassan to help him smuggle Jimi back to the Greek side, making him an offer that he cannot refuse. As they embark on an absurd journey trying to circumvent the island’s political obstacles, with the help of Kika and a Turkish Cypriot named TUBERK – both of whom have their own particular set of skills to contribute to this joint venture – Yiannis establishes a previously unthinkable friendship with Hassan and is forced to face up to his past, only to realize that running away is not a solution.

Mid financial crisis, in the last divided capital in Europe, this is a story about a Greek, a Turk, an ex-girlfriend, and a dog…who get stuck on the other side!

Gold Prize Winner (Comedy) - World Series of Screenwriting 2015 (www.worldseriesofscreenwriting.com/awards/2015-winners)
Best Original Screenplay - Scriptwriters Guild of Greece 2014 (www.senariografoi.gr)
Best Comedy Screenplay - Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest 2014 (www.beverlyhillsscreenplaycontest.com)
Best Project in Development - International Project Discovery Forum - LAGFF 2014 (www.lagff.org)

 

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

Buffer Zone Nicosia

 

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