Log Line

Yiannis, a fading musician, is planning to leave crisis-ridden Cyprus for a better life abroad. His plans are put on hold when his dog Jimi runs away and crosses the UN buffer zone that divides the “Greek” from the “Turkish” side of the island. Since animal exchange between the two “sides” is prohibited, Yiannis reluctantly joins forces with Hasan, a Turkish settler, and a cast of unexpected characters to smuggle his best friend back.

Festivals / Awards

17th Tribeca Film Festival, New York - Best International Narrative Feature (World Premiere)

14th Traverse City Film Festival, US - International Competition

32nd Herceg Novi Inter. Film Festival, Montenegro - Competition (Opening Film)

24th Sarajevo International Film Festival - In Focus

12th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, US - Competition

11th International Film Festival “East&West” Orenburg, Russia - Competition

12th Film Festival Oostende, Belguim - International Competition

8th Quebec City Film Festival, Canada - Best First Feature Award

19th Calgary International Film Festival, Canada

13th Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival - US

12th Greek Film Festival, Australia (Closing Film)

6th Indie Cork, Ireland (Opening Film)

9th Cluj Comedy Film Festival, Romania

9th Carbonia Film Festival, Italy - (Opening Film) Best Audience Award

33rd Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, US

59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (International Jury Special Mention)

13th Leiden International Film Festival, Holland

55th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan

20th International Eskisehir Film Festival, Turkey (Opening Film)

10th Baltimore Greek Film Festival, US

2018 American Film Institute EU Film Showcase, US

18th Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, Belgium - International Competition

10th Les Arcs Film Festival, France - International Competition (Best Audience Award)

16th Chennai Film Festival, India

9th Saint Augustine Film Festival, US

30th Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, US (Bridging Borders - Honorable Mention Award)

22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival, US

8th Montreal Greek Film Festival, Canada

26th Prague International Film Festival, Czech Republic

14th Movies that Matter, Holland - International Competition

20th European Film Festival of Lecce, Italy

37th Fajr Internation Film Festival, Tehran

17th Cyprus Film Days IFF, Cyprus - International Competition

2nd Greek Film Expo, New York

21st BAFICI - Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Argentina

49th Kiev International Film Festival Molodist, Ukraine

European Film Week 2019, Iran

2nd Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival, Tunisia

9th Aegean International Film Festival, Greece

2nd European Film Festival Yaoundé, Cameroun

Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

66th Pula International Film Festival, Croatia


Director: Marios Piperides

Screenplay: Marios Piperides

Producers: Janine Teerling, Marios Piperides, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Costas Lambropoulos

Co-Producer: Giorgos Kyriakos

Director of Photography: Christian Huck

Production Design: Michalis Samiotis

Editor: Stylianos Costantinou

Music: Kostantis Papakostantinou

Costumes: Maria Karapouliou

Make Up: Kyriaki Melidou



Yiannis: Adam Bousdoukos

Hasan: Fatih Al

Kika: Vicky Papadopoulou

Tuberk: Özgür Karadeniz

Pambos: Tony Demetriou

Police Officer 1: Valentinos Kokkinos

Police Office 2: Yiannis Kokkinos

Antonis: Marios Stylianou

Landlady: Georgia

Greek Soldier: Konstantinos


Director's Bio/Filmography

Marios Piperides was born in 1975 in Nicosia, Cyprus. After studying Broadcast Management and Film Production in the US, he returned to Cyprus in 2002. One of the benefits of the island’s small audiovisual sector is that it allowed him to gain hands-on experience in every aspect of filmmaking. While managing his own production company, Marios never stopped pursuing his passion for storytelling, which led him to write and direct a documentary and two short films. The overarching theme in his work revolves around the ongoing division of his home country and the need to overcome our own prejudices to see the human face of “the other”. Smuggling Hendrix is his first feature. 

Technical details

Original title: Φυγαδεύοντας τον Χέντριξ

International title: Smuggling Hendrix

Duration: 93 min

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Format: (2K/4K): 2K

Sound: Dolby Digital

Year: 2018

Original Language: Greek, Turkish, English

Countries of Production: Cyprus, Germany, Greece

Production Companies: AMP Filmworks, Pallas Film, Viewmaster Films

Co-production companies: ZDF/Arte

With support of: Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus,  MDM-Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Greek Film Center, Eurimages


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