Despot's Palace in the
Archaeological Site of Mystra
Ephorate of Antiquities of Laconia - Greek Ministry of Culture (Assignment of a Teaser production for the Project “Enhancement - Exhibition Tour at the Despot's Palace in the Archaeological Site of Mystra" of the Regional Operational Program "Peloponnese 2014 - 2020”)
Fiction - Promotional Teaser / Duration 5’00”
Best Film in Architectural Heritage at the “Culture Cinema C2F2”, Mumbai India
Best Teaser Award at the "Sydney Australian Film Festival", Australia
Best Super Short Film Award at the “Eight & HalFilm Awards”, Rome
Honorable Mention for Best Short Film at the "Paris Film Awards"
Honorable Mention for Best Short Film at the "Hollywood Gold Awards"
Finalist at the “Short Cut Fest”, Serbia
Finalist at the "Venice Architecture Film Festival", Venice Italy
Finalist at the "Venice Short Film Awards", Los Angeles
Official selection at the 10th “Berlin International Art Film Festival”
Official selection at the “New York Movie Awards”
Official selection at the “Milan Gold Award”
Official selection at the “One Take Film Festival”, Zagreb Croatia
Official selection at the "Chania Film Festival", Crete Greece
Official selection at the "Festival della Comunicazione
e del Cinema Archeologico", Sicily Italy
Official selection at the "Afragola International Film Festival
of Architecture & Design - Al di là della visione", Naples Italy
Official selection at the "Inner City Short Film Festival", Los Angeles
Ifigenia Dimitriou (Written & Directed), Asimina - Lydia Dionysopoulou (Cinematography), Spyros Vrettakos (Cameraman), Spyros Tzinieris (Drone Operator), Ifigenia Dimitriou, Eleni Papageorgopoulou, Angeliki Mexia (Art Direction), Nun Agni & Nun Elizabeth of the Pantanassa Monastery (Costume Design), Vasiliki Syrma (Costume Curator), Flora Kalomiri (Actress), Eleni Papageorgopoulou (1st Assistant Director), Diamantis Arabatzis (2nd Assistant Director), Arsinoi Pilou (Focus Puller), Gerasimos Soulis (Gaffer), Vasso Nikolakakou (Hair Styling), Maria Gomatou (Make-up Artist), Spyros Vrettakos, Georgia Arvaniti (Color Correction), Alexis Paraschos (Visual Effects), Ifigenia Dimitriou (Editing, Sound Design), Dimitris Vachaviolos, Panagiotis Dermatas (Sound Mixing).
The Short Film was realised as part of the Project "Enhancement - Exhibition Tour at the Despot's Palace in the Archaeological Site of Mystra" of the Regional Operational Program "Peloponnese 2014 - 2020" implemented by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Laconia.
The Despot's Palace is the most emblematic monument of the castle-city of Mystra and one of the very few Byzantine palatial complexes to survive to this day - the only one to be found in Greece. Apart from its outstanding value from an architectural point of view, it bears witness to the historical and cultural processes that created it, during the last centuries of a politically declining but culturally flourishing Byzantine Empire.
The majestic complex was the seat of the administration of the Despotate for more than a century, from the mid-14th century to the mid-15th century, hosting within its premises a bustling society and various public and private functions. The Emperors and members of the imperial family, arriving from the capital of the empire, the Despots and their consorts- either Byzantine or Western European princesses- but also members of the local or expatriate aristocracy, coexist with bureaucrats and public officials, clergymen, soldiers, scholars, artists and auxiliary staff, in a strictly defined hierarchy, forming a "court" that emulates that of Constantinople.
The project "Enhancement - Exhibition Tour" of the Despot's Palace has a human-centered approach and focuses on the people of the palace, seeking the traces of their presence. A path is therefore created around a basic narrative axis, through which visitors become the protagonists of the story, "watch" the marks of the people who lived there, follow their footsteps in the Despot’s apartments and immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the time.
The short film follows a similar narrative course. Through a one-take shot, the spectator crosses the spaces of the palace and watches people of the time in successive roles. From the lower apartments, the cook and then the maid move upstairs, where the mistresses live. The narrative course culminates, as the "queen" of Mystra enters the throne hall, to finally reveal that she is a visitor, who, traveling back in time, identifies herself with the people of the time. The aim of the film is to use a cinematic language in order to give life to the Despot's Palace of the Archaeological site of Mystra for a few minutes and to prepare the viewer for the digital exhibition that will be hosted inside the monument.