"The Summer With Carmen is a comedy about the futility of knowing thyself. It has a film within a film structure that constantly plays on the self-consciousness of the narrative, in a Charlie Kaufman way. Meanwhile, it’s an unapologetically out-and-proud film that spotlights the friendships between gay men, a complex and multifaceted typeof relationship that rarely holds the leading part in movie narratives." [Zacharias Mavroeidis]
Zacharias Mavroeidis studied architecture in Thessaloniki, theater in Madrid, scriptwriting in Cuba and filmmaking in Athens. He is a Berlinale and Sarajevo Talents alumni. His debut feature, The Guide, screened in Thessaloniki IFF and in LGBTQ+ film festivals around the world. His sophomore feature, Defunct, won the Young Jury and the Audience Award in the International Competition of Thessaloniki IFF and the Best Film Award in KINENOVA IFF 2020. He is currently participating in CinekidScript Lab, developing his first novel, Nine Lives Left, as a feature animation film for young audiences. He wrote the script of The Summer with Carmen together with first-time writer and best friend Xenofondas Chalatsis. The film won the first prize in Agora-Works In Progress of Thessaloniki IFF 2022.