First Trailer for Phedon Papamichael’s ‘Light Falls’ Greek Island Thriller
by Alex Billington
November 5, 2023
“It’s the devil coming to get you.” A festival trailer has debuted for this indie thriller titled Light Falls, the latest feature film directed by the Greek cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. It’s premiering soon at the 2023 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia (aka PÖFF) as a world premiere in the Critics’ Picks Competition section. Most film fans will recognize Papamichael from his acclaimed work as a DP on movies like Poison Ivy, Cool Runnings, Phenomenon, Patch Adams, Sideways, 3:10 to Yuma, The Descendants, The Monuments Men, Ford v Ferrari, and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny recently. His new film is described as “an outstanding analysis of the divided world we live in.” A young lesbian couple is vacationing on a Greek island and they decide to explore an abandoned hotel. An accident and a clash of different worlds set off a spiral of violence and revenge. Starring model Elensio as Clara with Nini Nebieridze, Silvio Goskova, Juxhin Plovishti, and Jurgen Marku. This is just about to premiere in Talllinn, so there’s no other release dates yet as it’ll likely play at more film festivals in 2024 before it opens in art house theaters.
Here’s the first official trailer (+ poster) for Phedon Papamichael’s Light Falls, direct from YouTube:
Synopsis from PÖFF: “Set in Greece, the film follows two groups that couldn’t be more antipodal: a well-off young lesbian couple from L.A. and three young Albanian workers. Papamichael truly shows his sixth sense in a suspenseful thriller about the most current issue in our society: the other(ness). Once the light falls on an abandoned hotel site, the violence explodes at night. Supported by highly gifted newcomer actors (in particular Elensio and Nimi Nebieridze), Papamichael stands out as a responsible, righteous, and reflective director who dives deep into our human soul. This wise genre film will stand in the tradition of masterpieces and surely find its place in the hall of fame of world cinema.” Light Falls is directed by acclaimed Greek-German cinematographer / filmmaker Phedon Papamichael, director of the films Dark Side of Genius, From Within, Arcadia Lost, and Lost Angeles previously. The script is written by Sven Dagones. Produced by Genc Permeti, Dagones, Papamichael. This is premiering at the 2023 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival this month. No international release dates are set yet – stay tuned for updates. First impression? Look good?