On Xerxes’ Throne

A film by

Greece | 15' | 04/2022 | fiction

A dystopian workplace at the Perama shipyard. A ban on physical contact has turned human interaction into otherworldly simulations. The suppression of touch has alienated the workers communication transforming the boatyard into a charged landscape of alienation and repressed sensuality beyond stereotypical heteronormative desires. According to local legend, the Persian King Xerxes watched the overwhelming defeat of his fleet from his throne on the rocky peaks of Mount Egaleo, in today’s Perama.

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Evi Kalogiropoulou


Evi Kalogiropoulou is a film director and visual artist working in Athens and London. She has a Masters from the Royal College of Art in Moving Image. Her projects explore ideas associated with inclusion/exclusion, cross-culture identity, female figures in Ancient Greek mythology frames, and post-apocalyptic environments. She is currently developing her debut feature Cora (Eurimages Development Award, Cinemart 2021, ARTE Award at Atélier Cinéfondation in Cannes 2021).


  • Motorway 65 – short – 2020 
  • On Xerxes Throne – short – 2022
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Director: Evi Kalogiropoulou
Screenplay: Yorgos Teltzidis
Producer: Neda Film: Amanda Livanou
Cinematographer: Evan Maragkoudakis
Sound Design: Leandros Ntounis, Dimitris Demoirakos
Editor: Yorgos Zafiris
Composer: Kid Moxie
Production Designer: Evelina Darzenta, Anna Zotou
Cast: Yorgos Mazonakis, Angela Brousko, Myrto Kontoni


60+ selections, 6 awards

Select highlights:

  • Cannes Semaine de la Critique, France (18 – 26 May, 2022)
    Short Film Competition Won: CANAL+ Award for Short Film
  • Kinemastik International Short Film Festival, Malta (29 – 31 July, 2022)
    Competition Won: Gold Dot for Best Film
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (12 – 19 August, 2022)
    Short Film Competition
  • Concorto Film Festival, Italy (20 – 27 August, 2022) Italian Premiere
    Competition Won: Special Jury Prize
  • Drama International Short Film Festival, Greece (5 – 11 September, 2022)
    National Competition & International Competition Won: Special Jury Award
  • Orvieto Cinema Fest, Italy (20 – 24 September, 2022)
    Competition Won: Best Short Film Award
  • Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada (5 – 16 October, 2022)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia (23 – 30 October, 2022) 
    Short Film Competition
  • Kustendorf Film Festival, Serbia (25 – 29 January, 2023)
    Competition Won: Vinko Filač Award for Cinematography
  • Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland (23 February – 4 March, 2023)
    Short Film Competition Special Mention


Press materials

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Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list French & English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Excerpts: coming soon