Rembetiko is a 1983 film directed by Costas Ferris and written by Costas Ferris and Sotiria Leonardou, with original music by Stavros Xarchakos. The film is based on the life of rebetiko singer Marika Ninou.
Rembetiko was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984, and won the Silver Bear. Sotiria Leonardou won the prize for “Best Actress” at the 1983 Thessaloniki Film Festival for her portrayal of Ninou and the film itself tied for “Best Picture”, and won three other awards as well (two “Best Supporting Actor” prizes, and one for music).
Costas Ferris, born 1935 in Cairo Egypt, is a Greek film director, writer, actor, and producer.
He had a Greek education in Ambeteios School of Cairo. Interested in poetry and literature since a very early age, he was involved in theatre, and appeared and directed Greek amateur troupes in Cairo. He appeared also in Egyptian films as an extra, as well in 5 Greek films that where shot in Cairo, to be acquainted to the cinema as he aspired to become a film director.
Resident in Greece since 1957, he has worked as assistant director on more than 60 feature films. In 1961, he directed his first short film, and became (opposed to Theo Angelopoulos) one of the two intellectual leaders of the rising New Greek Cinema. In 1965 Costas Ferris directed his first feature film, and in 1967 he flew to Paris, escaping from the Greek Dictatorship. During his exile in Paris, he worked in close collaboration with the French director Jean-Daniel Pollet. Costas returned to Greece in 1973, and since he followed his activities in cinema, theatre, writing, music, journalism etc. In 1986 he met the composer Thesia Panayiotou, and up to now, they are companions in life and creation.