‘Amerika Square’, a 2016 Greek film directed by Yannis Sakaridis, has been selected for the Foreign Language Film Category at the upcoming 2018 Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
The film centres around 'Nakos', a Greek nationalist, who resents the number of immigrants in his Amerika Square neighbourhood district of Athens, and ‘Billy’, a tattoo artist, played by Vassilis Koukalani and Yannis Stankoglou respectively. Although the two are childhood friends they express differing attitudes towards immigrants.
Amerika Square, Sakaridis’ second feature, had its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in October 2016. In November 2016, it screened at 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival where it won Best Greek Film 2016 and the Special Jury Award. In 2017, the film has won awards at the Trieste International Film Festival (Erasmus Jury Award winner) and an Audience Award at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film was nominated for six Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2017 and won Best Editing. It also won best feature film at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival earlier this year.
Amerika Square was co-produced by UK-based Marblemen Productions, an independent production company specialising in high-end documentaries and feature films.