The short animated film Mariza, was created in 2008 by Constantine Krystallis as a final project for the Master of Animation Degree in University of Technology Sydney. The whole process took 8 months from start to finish.
The film is about how a fisherman tries to persuade his donkey Mariza to carry the fish he has caught to the top village of their island in order to sell them. Mariza refuses to climb the steep and windy road. The fisherman uses various methods to make the donkey move but when he resorts to violence (when he smacks the donkey on the bottom) Mariza becomes more determined to not budge. You see violence isn’t the answer to make someone move, but persuasion… and music is the best way to do that! So after some thought, the fisherman brings out his cassette player and plays Zorba the Greek for his donkey. From the very first notes of the piece Mariza seems powerless to resist the lively tunes of Zorba so she unwittingly dances her way up to the top village… and enjoyed it. The fisherman got her to do what he wanted but in the process got all of his fish scattered on the on the way up. But all ends well as what matters now is that they have found a way to communicate and work together happily. Who knows if they used music to gather the fish again?!
The director created it as a tribute to his homeland Greece, which he was appreciating more and more living away from it for some time.
I felt like I have been complaining too much about Greece and had failed to see all the great things it had offered me and so many other people. I got a new perspective once I lived in a different culture for a while and decided that I had to make amends. This film was a tribute to the beautiful country of Greece, my homeland, which holds a special place in my heart since then… despite it’s many flaws. – Constantine Krystallis
The short gave Constantine the tile of Master of Animation and went on to be screened on many international festivals
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
4th Athens Animfest 2009
Winner of 3rd place & Audience Award.
Naoussa International Film Festival 2009
Winner Best Animated Film & Best Animation Audience Award.
London Greek Film Festival 2009
Winner www.visitor Choice Award.
Nickelodeon Animation Festival 2009
Jury Special Mention.