Original title:Το δένδρο και η κούνια
Production: Steficon SA, Intermedianetwork (Serbia), Greek Film Centre, ERT, NOVA, Phos Productions, Stefi Productions, Townfilm;
Writer / Director: Maria Douza
Producers: Michael Sarantinos – Eleni Atsikbasis
Cinematographer: Zaphiris Epaminondas
Production Designer: Giovanni Tzanetis
Editor: Yannis Kostavaras
Sound: Stefanos Efthimiou
Original Music: Anna Stereopoulou
Distribution: Strada Films International Sales: EastWest Filmdistribution Gmbh
Genre: Family, Social drama; Runtime: 108min; Sound Mix: Dolby Digital; Color; Aspect Ratio:1,85:1; Languages: Greek, Serbian, English
Myrto Alikaki / Mirianna Karanovic / Elias Logothetis / Nikos Orfanos / Iris Mitta / Eleni Kouletsi / John Bicknell George Souxes / Gennadios Patsis / Veronica Bielica
A Place Called Home (previously titled The Tree and the Swing) is a dramatic story of family reconciliation inspired by a real event, and it recounts how three characters of the same family, after being separated for years, come together during an Easter holiday in Greece in a homecoming that will have for each different consequences.
In the center of the story, is Eleni Karapanos, professor of cardiology in London who has been estranged from her father Kyriakos for over fifteen years now, ever since defying his wishes she left Greece to relocate to England. Kyriakos, who had been a refugee child in Serbia after the war, has never forgiven her for leaving her country, and refused to be part of her life and family in London. One day, Eleni’s British husband Harry loses his job in a big financial corporation and is posted to China indefinitely. Faced with tough personal and professional dilemmas, Eleni takes her ten-year-old daughter Anna and comes to Greece for Easter holiday. But when she reaches home nothing she finds is as she expects. A Serbian woman, Nina, with her daughter Mira is living with Kyriakos, looking after his big estate. Kyriakos has been harbouring a few secrets of his own.
Played against the political changes that have taken place in the Balkans since the war, the film interweaves family drama and historical circumstance in a modern tale about the relentless movement of people, repentance, acceptance and love.