The mysteries of memory and identity course through Apples, the feature debut of Greek director Christos Nikou, which will open the Orizzonti (Horizons) section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
In the film’s official trailer (see below), we are introduced to Aris (Aris Servetalis), who falls victim to a strange pandemic that causes amnesia. Aris, known by his identification number 14842, is enrolled in a recovery program that requires him to record experiences on cassette tape, and with a Polaroid camera in an effort to create new memories and rebuild his identity.
Judging by the trailer, Nikou taps into the sublime weirdness of Greek compatriot Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite). No surprise there: Nikou was an assistant director on Lanthimos’ 2009 breakthrough Dogtooth. He also worked as an assistant director to Richard Linklater on Before Midnight (2013).
In addition to Venice, Apples was picked for the now-canceled Telluride festival and for the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Apples is the cure for our broken hearts,” commented Telluride director Julie Huntsinger, explaining her decision to pick the film. “The very talented Christos Nikou has created a surprisingly profound film that charms and enchants. A quiet, magical work of wonder. Even if you could edit your memory, you won’t want to forget this film.”
Iraklis Mavroeidis, Angelos Venetis, Aris Dagios, and Nikos Smpiliris produced Apples. AlphaViolet is handling international sales on the film, with U.S. sales going through CAA.
The 77th Venice International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 2 and runs through Sept. 12.
Check out the Apples trailer below.