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Eleftheria Komi

Eletheria Komi was cast in one of the main roles, that of Maria, in Djam, a film by former Best Director Award holder, Algerian-born French writer-director, Tony Gatlif. Djam, a Greek-French-Turkish co-production, is a study of the Rebetiko music, seen through the stories of refugees, both in modern and past times. The film was included in the Official Selection of this year’s Cannes Festival, and premièred during the festival’s 70th anniversary celebrations at the Cinema de la Plage, preceded by a Rebetiko concert. The film, which has enjoyed great success with the French audiences, will be screened during the 58th Thessaloniki Film Festival and it will open in theatres in Greece in 2018.

Eleftheria’s latest production for the theatre was in memorial of the victims of the Viannos massacres in 1943 on the island of Crete. The theatrical monologue was held on September 16th, 2017 at the War Memorial, and was dedicated to the innocent heroes-victims of war, the children (The death-toll of the Viannos district comes only second in our country, after the Kalavryta massacre). Eleftheria opened that evening’s event with her anti-heroic act, which she wrote, directed and performed herself. The act was inspired by written and oral testimonies by children and adults from the time of the German occupation and from other wars, as well as excerpts of poems, which were used to create the monologue of a child, a young innocent hero of war, with universal dimensions.

Eleftheria was accompanied on the violin by the virtuoso violinist and scholar of the Onassis Foundation, Giannis Petrakis, in an improvisation based on folk tunes of Viannos. A concert followed afterwards, by the Cretan Youth Symphonic Orchestra, under the baton of Miltos Logiadis (scholar and art director of the Athens Concert Hall), and the Youth Choirs of the Herakleion Regional District. The event was held under the auspices of the Hellenic Parliament, for the official celebration of the 74th anniversary of the Holocaust in Viannos, and was attended by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos. It was organised by the Municipality of Viannos and the “Periklis Vlachakis” Cultural Center of Viannos, in collaboration with the Association of Friends of the Viannos Gallery “Savvas Petrakis”, with co-organisers the Region of Crete, the Regional Unit of Herakleion, the Municipality of Herakleion and the Municipal Cultural-Environmental-Social Welfare Public Benefit Corporation of Herakleion (DHKEH).

Eleftheria will also be participating as narrator in the musical tale The Water-flower or the forgotten girl, with music by Tassos Rossopoulos and script by Giorgos Koropoulis. The performance will be by the Orchestra of the Musical Academy of Nuremberg, along with scholar Korina Vougiouka on the guitar, and will take place in Nuremberg on November 11th, 2017. This music tale was inspired by an idea of Lydia-Efthymia Zontanou, which stood out in the story writing competition organized by the Hellenic Project in 2013. This production was commissioned by the Hellenic Project, and was staged for the first time at the Onassis Culture Center on March 23rd, 2014. This charity event will be organised by the District of Nuremberg for the “Smile of the Child” charity organization.

Eleftheria Komi has also been a dancer with the Maurice Béjart company. She studied Dance and Theatre in Paris. She has worked as a dancer, movement director, actor and writer.