Lost on Kythera, the fourth feature film by one of independent Greek cinema’s most outlandish and beloved directors, James Prineas, is set to premiere in cinemas across Australia this October. A rollicking adventure tale in which mythology and ancient history collide hilariously with the present, Lost on Kythera premieres in Sydney’s Ritz Randwick on Sunday, October 8th, before travelling to Brisbane’s New Farm Cinema on October 20th and Palace Electric in Canberra on October 22nd. The family-friendly comedy finishes its Australian tour at Melbourne’s Greek Film Festival where it will be shown in Palace Cinema Como on October 26th and Palace Balwyn on October 29th.

A quirky comedy with romance at its heart, Lost on Kythera boasts a cast of A-list Greek talent – audiences will be captivated by legend of the Greek stage, Efi Stamouli, and darlings of the screen, Giorgos Papageorgiou and Danae Mikalaki who are perfectly cast as the Goddess Aphrodite and her hapless demigod Hymeros – and charismatic Kytherian locals who are arguably as famous in local island lore. This diverse talent creates a film that is as charming as it is hilarious and immediately endears its oddball characters, off-the-wall adventure plots, and eccentric island antics to its audience.

“James has a knack for packing so much into one movie and doing it in such a way that he melts the hearts of audiences everywhere,” actor Giorgos Papageorgiou said of working with writer and director, who also happens to be his longtime friend. “Ancient Greek history, vibrant local people, his truly wonderful imagination and his ability to viscerally capture life on Kythera through stunning cinematography – all of this makes James’ films truly unique. He uses people and places that mean a lot to him and I think that’s why his movies are so beautiful – there’s so much love in them!”

While Lost on Kythera is ostensibly a love story about two young lovers on holiday, it’s clear this film has bigger ambitions than romance. As is omnipresent in Prineas’ work (his previous feature films such as Winter on Kythera (2018) were all set and shot on Kythera), Lost on Kythera is an attempt to reconnect Kytherians and the larger Greek diaspora with their heritage. It is a celebration of ancestry, a tribute to mythology in the form of Aphrodite (who was said to be born in the waters off Kythera and built her holiest temple on the island), and an opportunity to reconnect with the robust Greek diaspora in Australia. To this end, each screening is a specially curated event with meet-and-greets with director James Prineas, a drinks reception after the film, and even an original souvenir in the form of a specially-minted ancient Kytherian coin.

“We want people to leave our film with a physical memory and so we worked with a local Athenian coin-minting professional to create a completely unique bronze coin for cinemagoers to take home,” Prineas explains. “It’s modelled off the ancient coins that used to be minted on Kythera and has the face of Aphrodite on one side and her famous lost temple that’s in the movie on the other. Everyone who comes to see the film will get this free coin. The idea being that, whether you’re Kytherian, Greek, or any other nationality, you can always have a piece of home – a piece of Kythera – with you.”

Having already scooped up prizes on the international film festival circuit – including the condensed version of the film winning Best Comedy at the Sydney Short Film Festival – Lost on Kythera is sure to win over audiences across Australia. Lost on Kythera premieres in Ritz Cinema Randwick in Sydney on October 8th. Tickets for this and all other Australian screenings can be found at www.LostOnKythera.com.

About James Prineas

James Prineas is a Berlin-based film director, screenwriter, photographer, and founder of the independent production company Join the Plot Films. Born in Sydney, Australia, to parents of Kytherian descent, James has always been fascinated by Kythera, making it a central focus of his filmmaking.

He made his directorial debut in 2016 with the feature film Kythera mon Amour. It won various awards while the short version of it – The Beekeepers – was a finalist at the 2017 Sydney Tropfest. His other feature films include Winter on Kythera (2018) and An Island named Desire (2020). James’ short films have been equally successful as his features, receiving accolades and recognition at various international film festivals. A short version of Winter on Kythera was also selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2018.