Flowers that withered early


Direction: Matthaios Frantzeskakis, Vicky Arvelaki / Matthaios Frantzeskakis, Vicky Arvelaki
Script/Script: Matthaios Frantzeskakis / Matthaios Frantzeskakis
Director of Photography/Photography: Stavros Papadimitriou, Kyriakos Charitakis, Dimitris Kyriakakis / Stavros Papadimitriou, Kiriakos Haritakis, Dimitris Kiriakakis
Editing/Edit: Vicky Arvelaki / Vicky Arvelaki
Music: Psarantonis (Antonis Xylouris), Psarogiogis (Giorgis Xylouris), Yannis Papatzanis, Yannis Polychronakis / Psarantonis (Antonis Xilouris), Psarogiorgis (Giorgis Xilouris), Giannis Papatzanis, Giannis Polixronakis
Producer/Production: Cultural Society of Crete / Crete Cultural Organization
Country of Production/Country: Greece / Greece
Duration: 65'
Production Year/Year: 2018
Language/Language: Greek / English
Subtitles: Aγγλικά / English


Dawn of August 28, 1944, Chania, Crete. The German conquerors encircle the small village of Kakopetros in the current municipality of Platanias. Leaving in the afternoon, Nazi hatred leaves behind 23 dead, empty, looted houses and the souls of survivors scarred for life. Five survivors remember and recount that rainy Monday and the rest of their lives as etched - from the pain - continued.

Dawn of August 28th, 1944. Crete. During occupation the German conquerors surround the small village called Kakopetros, located today in the Municipality of Platanias in Chania. In the afternoon when they depart, Nazis leave 23 dead people behind. They also leave empty, looted houses, and the souls of the people of this village, eternally wounded. Five survivors open their chest of fragile memories and remember what happened at that rainy Monday. They recall the facts and share how painful their life was the following years.


Vicky Arvelaki

Vicky Arvelaki was born in Germany, where she grew up. In 2001 she decided that neither her degree as a microbiologist assistant, nor the prospect of German teaching expressed her and she started working in a television station in Crete. Among other things, she tried her luck in front of the lens, but she was won over by the role behind the cameras and specifically in the documentaries. On this way she had the good fortune to meet directors who reinforced her idea that the documentary beyond a fairly transparent filter towards reality is also a kind of our debt to the truth. Since 2009 he has directed two documentary series of 12 episodes ("Unknown Crete" & "Eleventh Hour") - and a fairly self-contained documentary - for The New Television of Crete, where he worked for many years. Today he directs independent documentaries, including the documentary In The Dark in Crete , which was nominated for the Greek Film Academy awards in 2017. He is also involved through various projects in the management of audiovisual material, recognizing its importance as an invaluable source of information about our history and culture. She is responsible for the production manager of the Chania Film Festival.


Matthaios Frantzeskakis

He was born in Chania where he grew up. He studied mathematics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has done courses in journalism, in the management of cultural units, in cinema and in the administration of social economy institutions. Since 1995 he has taught in structures of formal and informal education. He has worked in print, radio and television. Since 2000 he has been involved in cinema and especially in its educational dimension. Since 2002 he directs the Cultural Society of Crete and the cultural newspaper "Compass of the City". For four years (135 shows) he was responsible for the design, editing and presentation of the show Visits to KYDON TV with meetings- interviews - portraits - documentaries.

He has co-written the screenplay for the documentary "Another Way Did Not Exist" directed and written by Stavros Psyllakis. He signs the creation of the documentary "Special School. A taste of Paradise."

He participated in the production of several documentaries, educational films as well as in the organization of dozens of events.

She coordinates the action "Crete, Oral History/ Crete Oral History".

He is the director of the Chania Film Festival and the educational activity cine Learning.