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By Vardis Marinakis
By Vardis Marinakis
By Vardis Marinakis
By Vardis Marinakis
By Vardis Marinakis


By Vardis Marinakis


Sevilla (Silver Girandillo Award and Best Actress), Hellenic Film Academy Award (Best Cinematography and Sets), Mumbai (Special Jury Award for Technical Excellence)), Cinema Tous Ecrans (Youth Jury Award), InsideOut Toronto (Best Film)


Karlovy Vary, Puchon, Chicago, Palm Springs (New Voices/New Visions), Miami (In Compeition), Seattle (Contemporary World Cinema) etc.



BLACK FIELD is set in 1654, when Greece was under Ottoman Empire occupation. A Janissary (a Greek warrior recruited by force at a small age from his Christian family to serve at the Turkish army) arrives heavily wounded at a remote Christian female monastery. He is nursed by Anthi, a young Greek nun who has taken an oath of silence. They fall in love against all odds. But Anthi is tormented by a dark secret soon to be revealed: she is, in fact, a boy who grew up as a girl hidden in the monastery, in order to avoid being captured and becoming a Janissary.
The two lovers escape to the nearby forest, in search of freedom from society’s constraints and lose themselves in a dreamlike reality until they are captured and brought back to face all they left behind…


Born in Athens, Greece, Vardis Marinakis studied at London’s National Film School, UK, under the supervision of Steven Friars. He has directed international award-winning short films like DEFTERI FYSI (SECOND NATURE) and SUMMER LOVE as well as numerous television commercials. BLACK FIELD is his feature film debut.


BLACK FIELD is a cross gender love story of two people with mistaken identities. It is story inspired by true events that transcends time, religion and sexual identity... a dark fairytale for adults following the tradition of directors like Terrence Mallic and Andrei Tarkovski; it narrates an archetypal story using powerful visuals to depict the sacredness, fear, poetry and beauty that surround human beings and their relationship with nature.


Anthi: Sofia Georgovassili
Jannisary: Christos Passalis
Abbess: Despoina Bebedeli
Pelagia: Maria Panourgia
Areti: Despoina Kourti
Dorothea: Vaggelio Andreadaki
Turkish commander: Hakan Boyav


Writer/Director: Vardis Marinakis
DOP: Marcus Waterloo
Sets/Costumes: George Georgiou
Editor: Yiannis Halkiadakis
Sound: Panos Tzelekis
Music: Dimitris Maramis
Make up: Dimitra Giatrakou
Producer: George Lykiardopoulos
Assistant to Producer: Marilia Stavridou
Executive Producer: Nikos Nikolettos
Production Manager: Alexis Tsagkarakis
Production Company: Highway Productions
In co-production with Greek Film Centre, Lamisalia, Nova, 2/35


Original Title: MAVRO LIVADI / 35mm / Color / shot on RED ONE camera / 1:2.35 / 104 min / Dolby Surround / Greek and Turkish with English subtitles / Greece 2010

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