SCREEN DAILY New Talent Focus
"Behind the Haystacks' filmmaker Asimina Proedrou
on giving up her parallel career in mining
Not a filmmaker’s typical journey [...] “I have a Master of Science (MSc) in International Finance, and worked for a mining company for 14 years” she explains".
BIO | Asimina Proedrou | Writer – Director
Asimina was born in 1982, in Athens, Greece. She studied music (piano degree in 2001), International Economics (BA in 2005 and MSc in 2007) and Film Directing (BA in 2013 and MA in 2016), while working for the finance department of a large international corporation for fourteen years.
She has produced, written and directed two multi-awarded short films (FACETS OF LONELINESS, 2012; RED HULK, 2013). Her short film, RED HULK (2013), won the Best Short Film Awards at the two major film festivals in Greece. It was officially selected for more than seventy international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand (International Competition 2014), and won seven international awards.
Asimina is an alumna of Sarajevo Talents 2015 and Berlinale Talents 2015. Her debut feature film, BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS (2022), is a Greek-German-North Macedonian co-production, developed through Berlinale Script Station 2016, First Film First 2017-2018 and EAVE 2018, and supported, among others, by the Greek Film Centre, ERT, MEDIA, ZDF-Arte and Eurimages.
BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS premiered at the 63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival (National Premiere) in November 2022, where it won six awards including Fipresci Award, and at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (Goa) (International Premiere) where it won the Best Debut Feature Award. It also participated in the 'EFP Program, Europe! Voices of Women in Film at the Sydney International Film Festival' and was selected, among others, for the Galway film Fleadh (Int. Competition).
The film is currently in its 7th month of major cinema screening in Greece. It has been critically acclaimed both locally and Internationally, and was described as “an intriguing and deft debut […] of an intense psychological study of murky morality” (Screen Daily) and “a contemporary Greek tragedy” in which Proedrou juggles “multi-character complexity and non-linear narratives with impressive dexterity” (The Film Verdict).
BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS won 10 awards at the Greek Film Academy awards, including the prestigious Best Film Award, along with nine additional accolades: Best Director, Best First-Time Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. This achievement also marks a record-breaking number of nominations in the history of the institution, as the film got 17 nominations for 16 categories.
BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS is among the 40 Best European Films chosen for the Feature Film Selection 2023 for this year's European Film Awards.
It is also among the 5 films nominated for the 2023 Casting Semiramis Award by the International Casting Directors Association - ICDA. The 2023 award will be presented at FOCUS in London on 6th December 2023.
Asimina is currently developing two new feature project scripts and the pilot for a TV series.