BOXER

 

The Doc is following the steps of and old time «Boxer» and now head Trainer of «Aristotelio Boxing Club», Yiorgos Ioannidis.

Ioannides won every Championship that he participated in his career until he retired. He was National champion for nine consecutive years in Greek Amateur Boxing (Olympic style), won «Golden Gloves» tournaments, 4 «Acropolis Cup» tournaments and participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympic games.

A father of four married to mathematician Anna Margaritis, who is also a two times Greek National Champion. A Gymnastics Academy Graduate and a painter, has turned trainer and has his own Club, «Aristotelio Boxing Club» since he retired from competing in 1994.

In this club whatever “Amateur Greek Boxing” stands for, is reflected and cultivated. In the film another side of what is considered to be a “Brutal and Bloody Sport “ is documented. Yet though the sport of «Boxing» has originated in Greece the style that is vastly adopted is the Russian or rather Eastern style. We follow “Boxers” from all venues while they train in the city of Athens, through its Urban crowded streets and underground boxing clubs.The principles of the discipline are being explored by old time Champions and trainers revealing hidden aspects of the sport and what goes through a fighters mind.

Watch fellow ex champions and Olympic winners such as Yiorgos Stefanopoulos, Cuban mythical fighter Felix Savon, former Welter weight Champion «Mighty Mike Arnaoutis» and a living legend, the 75 year old Yiorgos Kapantaidakis who is still coaching, reflect upon the nobility of their sport and the love and respect that they share amongst them in this hierarchical line of champions-trainers,covering a fifty year legacy in Greece.

 

8th  Docfest Chalkida Film Festival 2014                         OFFICIAL SELECTION COMPETITION

16th Thessaloniki International Doc Film Festival 2014   OFFICIAL SELECTION

19th Athens International Film Festival 2013                  OFFICIAL SELECTION COMPETITION

DocuTIFF 2015 Tirana

2nd DOC FILM FESTIVAL IERAPETRA 2015


BOXER   a film by Yiorgos (de la Grecia) Panteleakis


Featuring Boxers

Yiorgos Ioannidis

Yiorgos Kapadaithakis

Angelos Charisis

Nikos Vlasopoulos

Anna Margariti – Ioannidis

Yiorgos Stefanopoulos

Mighty Mike Arnaoutis

Aristotelio boxing Club “Boxers” 



Written, Directed

Edited, Cinematography by Yiorgos (de la Grecia) Panteleakis

Music by Vasilis Gouzios, Periklis Trivolis, Dimitris Clonis

An Independent Greek Cinema Production 2013 All rights reserved

with the support of the GREEK FILM CENTER

For Distribution, Sales and International Publicity

Contact: Yiorgos Panteleakis IGC Tel: +30 211 4018 131 Skype: George.Panteleakis

You can contact us at : panteleakis@live.com                                                             Site by IGC 2014

Articles

NEIL YOUNG’S FILM LOUNGE  efsyn     CULTURENOW    THE GREEK CLOUD      CINEMA MAGAZINE   FLIX       ENET    DESTV  PROTAGON       


Critique:  ENET/ KOSTAS GEORGOYSOPOYLOS        TO VIMA/ PETROS LINARDOS


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MUSIC SCORE

The soundtrack to the 2013 directed documentary “Boxer” features an innovative, percussion-based score from jazz drummer Dimitri Klonis. The score took a free-form, avant-garde approach actually incorporating visually in the plot jazz drummer Klonis. Rather than composing pieces for the film, Klonis improvised on his drum set to a rough cut of the film while being filmed-documented himself. Hoping to match the gritty, live aesthetic of the Boxing Gym and the rhythm and loneliness of an art form that requires devotion and solitude as a dedicated percussionist does, Klonis becomes the soul and principal silent narrator of an innovative and highly aesthetic documentary approach. Also included on the soundtrack are a few jazz classic pieces by saxophone player Vasili Gouzios.

The result is a highly creative, sonically varied soundtrack that matches the quirky, conceptual nature and dramatic tension of the Documentary.


Neil Young’s Film Lounge,  Michael Pattison 31st March, 2014/

“..So refreshing, then, to watch a film like Yorgos Panteleakis’s Boxer (2013), a portrait of an amateur boxing gym in Athens, run by palpably talented and generously dedicated fighter-cum-teacher Yorgos Ioannidis. Shot over a three-year period, the film focuses primarily on the specific boxing techniques advocated by Ioannidis, and on the several promising youngsters coming through the gym’s ranks.More than this, the film accumulates evidence about how philosophies pertaining to boxing’s physical strategies inform the spiritual element of the sport…” READ MORE


“BEST DIRECTOR AWARD” 8TH DOC FILM FESTIVAL CHALKIDA 2014


“BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD” 2nd DOC FILM FESTIVAL IERAPETRA 2015


Finalist at GREEK ACADEMY FILM AWARDS Doc Award 2014