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Cypriot film wins HBO award at Sarajevo

A SUPERNATURAL crime thriller produced by Cypriots has won the HBO Europe Award at Midpoint Launch programme at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Created in 2015 by Andreas Kyriacou, Frixos Masouras, and Haris Ayiotis The Midnight Shift, follows a small-time criminal cursed to be a modern version of the ancient mythical ferryman Charon, who transports the dead from this world to the next.

In this incarnation, however, he is a taxi driver on the midnight shift rather than a boatman on the River Styx.

The criminal is played by Christodoulos Martas, on the run from a bank heist gone wrong, who takes cover as a taxi driver doing the midnight shift.

When he meets his first client, Christopher Greco, he soon discovers that things aren’t what they seem.

In a joint statement, HBO Europe executive producer Tereza Polachova and Steve Matthews, VP executive producer of drama development, said the Midpoint programme continued “to find and nurture amazing TV writing and producing talent,” describing “The Midnight Shift” as “a highly innovative concept – both commercial and deeply personal to the creators – professionally executed at every stage, from concept to script to industry presentation; a great story told with a distinctive voice and a big heart.”

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