Official Selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2019


City doctor Panos relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It’s love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae, who lives in isolation, with a mysterious
skin condition. Determined to cure her, Panos will soon discover Danae is not the helpless princess he thought she was and time is of the essence for both of them.

Greece/UK - 2019 - Color - 89’ - 2.39:1 - DCP - Greek/English

FILMOGRAPHY (as director)
2019 Entwined
2012 The Attic (Short Film)
2009 The Happy Life (Short Film)
2007 Marionette (Short Film)
2005 The Present (Short Film)
2003 Ticket to Ride (Short Film)


Minos Nikolakakis has been producing/directing films since 2000. They focus on themes of cultural heritage, myth and magic realism. They have participated in international festivals (including LA Shorts Fest, Cinemed Montpellier, Uppsala and Flickers Fest), they have had a theatrical release and have received awards. They were supported by the Greek Broadcaster ERT SA. His short The Attic (2012) was screened in Egbert Baque Contemporary Art Gallery Berlin: David Bowie Exhibition. They have been used as a teaching medium in seminars at
the department of Film Studies in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has produced features and documentaries. He has an MA in civil engineering and worked as one in order to support his passion for filmmaking.

Inkas Film Productions has produced and co-produced national and international feature films, short films and documentaries. Most of them have received Media and Eurimages support and have successfully participated in major international film festivals, such as Cannes, Berlin, Montreal, Mannheim and Antalya. Along with winning various awards, they have also received international distribution. INKAS has trained students from both Media Training (Rome) and Leonardo Da Vinci II (Spain) programmes. In 2004, they organised Athens based workshops for EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) focusing on professional training, project development and networking organisation for audiovisual producers, in partnership with SAPOE (Association of Greek Independent Audiovisual Producers). Managing Director Lilette Botassi has worked as a Production Manager, Location Manager and Line Producer in more than 40 international feature films that included filming in Greece.

Director's Note

Entwined is inspired by Greek folk tales and their rural customs. My intention is to offer a mystical story that feels familiar yet unique both in its execution and setting.

The idea behind the film germinated in my mind while living up in a secluded Cretan village. In such places, myths and villagers’ everyday behavior regarding superstitions and the supernatural is quite something! All these memories have firmly embedded themselves in my memory and my work.

Moreover, certain stories told by my grandmother where far from usual bedtime fairytales; it was the ‘legacy’ of her ancestors, who were ‘people of the land’ and this was their own perception of the world around them.

Growing up, my influences came to be from the Victorian Gothic and the work of Edgar Allan Poe, to the fairy tales by brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault but also the spiritual fables of Lafcadio Hearn. Despite their different origin, there seemed to be a thematic commonality.

The film is a ‘grounded’ tale that has the feel of magic realism. Avoiding extravagant special effects, the supernatural will be used to subtly highlight

the story’s human aspects, inspired by cinema where cultural heritage and superstition become allegories of universal themes such as Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu – 1953, Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes – 1964.

The main goal was to make the film feel authentic to the way these type of stories ‘felt’ in the first place. Hence, we shot the film on location in Mountain Parnonas in the Peloponnese peninsula – the birthplace of many ancient Greek myths (like the neireds, nymphs and nature’s spirits). According to legend this mountain was the residence of God Pan.

Entwined is the story of a doctor who falls in love with a tree spirit. This is the meeting point of two worlds: an expanding modern world and an ancient one;
rationalism against nature’s mysticism or the elaborate mind versus the animal instinct. These worlds must accept their differences otherwise they will suffer terrible consequences.

Today, this story is more contemporary than ever. We have an ambiguous complex relationship with nature, something emphasised in the Western culture. Inspired by an ancient truth, it reminds us of what we often ignore, even when it is so evident.

Director: Minos Nikolakakis
Writers: John de Holland & Minos Nikolakakis
Cinematographer: Thodoros Mihopoulos, GSC
Editor: Giorgos Georgopoulos
Production Designer: Chrysa Daponte
Music: Sotiris Debonos
Sound: Yannis Antypas
Hair & Makeup: Ioanna Symeonidi
Special Makeup Effects: Prokopis Vlaseros
Visual Effects: Melancholy Star & Kent
Producers: Minos Nikolakakis & Lilette Botassi
Executive Producer: Inkas Film Productions
Co-producers: Greek Film Center, ERT, Multivision, Authorwave, Melancholy Star, Hellenicki Techniki

Panos Prometheus Aleiferopoulos
Danae Anastasia-Rafaela Konidi
Old Man Kostas Laskos
Police officer Manos Vakoussis
Mrs. Makri Anna Kozadinou
Mrs. Sevasti Aleka Toumazatou
George John de Holland
Athena Maria Eglezaki


Minos Nikolakakis
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Inkas Film Productions
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