Nine lives left

Animation feature film, in development

Logline

What happens to the stray cats abundant on Greek islands when summer is over and all the food-giving mammals (aka tourists) are gone? How do they survive through winter?

Synopsis

As summer comes to an end on the small Greek island, young cat Chantal is back in the stray life after a luxurious couple of months fostered by a family on vacations. Unfortunately, the touristic village where she was born has turned into a ghost-town ahead of winter.

Persuaded of her domesticated nature, Chantal sets on an odyssey across the island in search of the right human to adopt her. Along come the rest of the cats left behind: Tonto, her brother/hopeless bodyguard, Tomcat Khrushchev, lady Lele, old castrato Pericles and non-stop-purring Purr-Purr.

Surviving through the wilderness will turn into a coming of age journey for Chantal. Thus when she finally meets the one, she will need to question her true nature one last time before surrendering to domestic life.

Writer’s note

NINE NIVES LEFT was born while on vacations on the island of Syros. I was staying at a summer house which two kittens had appropriated, enjoying the services of all guests. As summer came to an end, I wondered what would happen to them when we were gone.  This question became the premise of the story.

My initial intention was to write a script for an animation film. However, the text came out as a novel, published in Greece by Polaris Editions in 2014.

The story takes place on an archetypical Greek island: white houses, bald mountains against the deep-blue sea. The cats’ odyssey presents to the audience the islands’ winter face. A face equally picturesque though way more dramatic that is little known to its summer visitors.

Chantal’s quest for a foster parent bears an identity crisis that unfolds along the way: How many sacrifices are worth making in order to survive? Can one turn wild through rational decision making? In other words, am I wild or am I not?

NINE LIVES LEFT is a road-movie along our dormant wild side. Alike humans, cats are able to lead fully domesticated lives without ever letting go of their survival skills. Skills that are silently waiting to take back control whenever the circumstances call for it.

The adorable cat-acters, the distinctive landscapes and the comic tone will bring this entertaining and coming-of-age adventure to the heart of each family and their children.

Project overview

Format: feature animation film | Target audience: children (8 – 12), family | Genres: Road-movie, adventure, coming of age, comedy | Language: English | Story based on the novel “Efta psihes sto stoma” by Zacharias Mavroeidis, published in Greece by POLARIS editions, 2014 *Adaptation legal rights cleared

Scriptwriter: Zacharias Mavroeidis | Producer: Maria Kontogianni | Contact: mkontogianni.production@gmail.com

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