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The Foreigner

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The Foreigner is an award-winning short film by Alethea C. Avramis. Filmed in Greece during the economic crisis, The Foreigner is a lighthearted comedy about a remote Greek village that must raise its population in order to avoid being cut off from the local government. When a foreigner, Eric, stumbles into town, the village mayor rallies the hostile townspeople to convince Eric to stay.
Produced by Babis Tsoutsas
Co-Produced by Christos V. Konstantakopoulos (Attenberg, Take Shelter, Before Midnight),
The Foreigner premiered at the prestigious Palm Springs International Shortfest in 2012 before going on to win a College Television Award (student Emmy) in the comedy category in 2013. Having enjoyed success around the world at film festivals, we are excited to bring this film to a larger audience!

A brilliant idea is transformed into a compact film that avoids an easy “touristic” solution in order to explore the heart of the matter.
-Yannis Zoumboulakis, TO VIMA, Greece

Alethea Avramis’ Greek background is obvious when watching The Foreigner. A filmmaker without her cultural diversity could have never come up with something like this. Everything, from the story, the cast, the language to the direction and camera work is a beautiful and smooth cultural collision that one enjoys watching for the perfect balance it has somehow achieved.
-Angeliki Coconi, UNSUNGFILMS.COM

The first generation Greek-American came to Greece without the contacts and funds but determined to shoot her last indie short film “The Foreigner” in Mani. In just a couple of months she managed not only to find the associates and the crew but also, in the midst of the financial crisis, to raise – mostly via the internet – the 20.000 dollars needed for the production of her half-an-hour comedy.
-Vivie Moraitou, Marie Claire (Greece)

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Alethea C. Avramis is a Greek-American writer and director who works in narrative film, documentary, and music video. Alethea’s fourth film, Away From the Ranch, screened at festivals across the United States in 2011 and was also in competition at the 2011 Drama International Short Film Festival in Greece. Alethea’s most recent film The Foreigner was Co-Produced by Christos V. Konstantakopoulos (Attenberg, Take Shelter, Before Midnight) and won a College Television Award (student Emmy) in 2013. She is in production on a feature documentary and will shoot her first feature film in Greece during the summer of 2014. She is based in Los Angeles and Athens.