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Entwined 2019



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ENTWINED is a modern fairy tale on the precipice of realism.

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City doctor Panos (Prometheus Aleifer) relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It's love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae (Anastasia Rafaella Konidi), who lives in isolation, with a mysterious skin condition. Determined to cure her, Panos will soon discover Danae is not the helpless princess he thought she was and time is of the essence for both of them.


ENTWINED is inspired by Greek folk tales and their rural customs. My intention is to offer a mystical story that feels familiar yet unique both in its execution and setting.

The idea behind the film germinated in my mind while living up in a secluded Cretan village. In such places, myths and villagers' everyday behavior regarding superstitions and the supernatural is quite something! All these memories have firmly embedded themselves in my memory and my work.

Moreover, certain stories told by my grandmother where far from usual bedtime fairytales; it was the 'legacy' of her ancestors, who were 'people of the land' and this was their own perception of the world around them.

Growing up, my influences came to be from the Victorian Gothic and the work of Edgar Allan Poe, to the fairy tales by Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault but also the spiritual fables of Lafcadio Hearn. Despite their different origin, there seemed to be a thematic commonality.

The film is a 'grounded' tale that has the feel of magic realism. Avoiding extravagant special effects, the supernatural will be used to subtly highlight the story's human aspects, inspired by cinema where cultural heritage and superstition become allegories of universal themes such as Mizoguchi's Ugetsu - 1953, Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes - 1964.

The main goal was to make the film feel authentic to the way these types of stories 'felt' in the first place. Hence, we shot the film on location in Mountain Parnonas in the Peloponnese peninsula - the birthplace of many ancient Greek myths (like the neireds, nymphs and nature_s spirits). According to legend, this mountain was the residence of God Pan.

ENTWINED is the story of a doctor who falls in love with a tree spirit. This is the meeting point of two worlds: an expanding modern world and an ancient one; rationalism against nature's mysticism or the elaborate mind versus the animal instinct. These worlds must accept their differences otherwise they will suffer terrible consequences.

Today, this story is more contemporary than ever. We have an ambiguous complex relationship with nature, something emphasized in the Western culture. Inspired by an ancient truth, it reminds us of what we often ignore, even when it is so evident.

Minos Nikolakakis

Entwined Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Minos Nikolakakis

Writing Credits

John De Holland (Screenplay)

Minos Nikolakakis and John De Holland (Story)


Prometheus Aleifer

Anastasia Rafaella Konidi

Kostas Laskos

Anna Kozadinou

Aleka Toumazatou

Manos Vakousis

John de Holland

Maria Eglezaki

Music by

Sotiris Debonos

Cinematography by

Thodoros Mihopoulos

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance

Countries: Greece, United Kingdom

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