Official Selection


Comedy, Road-movie, Adventure
World Premiere

In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand

Laura Durandi veider tagaajamine
Η Αναζήτηση της Λώρα Ντουράντ
Director: Dimitris Bavellas
Country: Greece
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:38
Language: Greek
Producer: Gina Petropoulou, Lina Yannopoulou, Giorgos Zervas, Dimitris Bavellas
Screenwriter: Dimitris Bavellas, Katerina Kleitsioti
DoP: Ramon Malapetsas
Editor: Giorgos Georgopoulos
Music: George Boussounis
Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Mihalis Sarantis, Anna Kalaitzidou, Danis Katranidis, Yvonni Maltezou
Production: Vox Productions


Greek writer-director Dimitris Bavellas has been known in the festival circuit for his awarded shorts and in 2013 his debut feature film, Runaway Day premiered in Sarajevo IFF. In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand is his sophomore feature film.

Antonis (Makis Papadimitriou) and Christos (Michalis Sarantis) are two friends who live in a small apartment in Athens. Secluded from their social environment, they make ends meet as musicians for their 8-bit band. What really connects them, is the ultimate obsession they have for Laura Durand, a 90’s porn star, whose traces are lost for years. When they receive an almost metaphysical message from their idol, they decide to embark on a journey around Greece, with one scope, to find Laura. Though, during their pursuit, they will understand that nothing is as expected.

Bavellas creates a playful and energetic buddy road trip where the mystery and the fun are interconnected. The characters’ relationship creates an offbeat dynamic duo that totally aligns with the rhythm and the cult aesthetics of the film. Aiming to pay homage to various cinematic forms but without losing the elements of a satirical comedy, In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand is a pleasurable experience to be enjoyed, while the music is dominating the film.

Vassilis Economou


Dimitris Bavellas has studied film direction in Greece (Stavrakos Film School, Athens) and England (The Northern Film School, Leeds). He has directed short films, corporate and music videos etc. His first feature film "Runaway Day" had its World Premiere at the Sarajevo IFF (Competition) and was screened at the Vienna FF, Edinburgh FF and up to more than 30 Festivals around the world. "In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand" is his second full-length feature film.
Director's filmography: Runaway Day (2013), In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand (2019)
  • Dimitris Bavellas

    Sun, November 24, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

    Screening code: 100103
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Dimitris Bavellas, Lina Yannopoulou, George Boussounis
    Screening duration: 02:09
    Language: Greek

    Wed, November 27, 2019


    Athena Keskus, Tartu

    Screening code: 131901
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:39
    Language: Greek

    Thu, November 28, 2019


    Kino Artis, Saal 1, Tallinn

    Screening code: 141503
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:39
    Language: Greek






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