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Niko is a romantic, young Greek writer living in London. When his finances go astray, he hides out in the neglected family house in the Greek mountain town of Siatista. Surrounded by the ghosts of the past, Niko must uncover the mystery of his father's death and retain his grasp on reality.

Original Production by Melancholy Star


The Winter is a visual masterpiece!

--Michele Cross

In 2011, Melancholy Star first launched into the production of an ambitious project: creating and shooting an original low-budget (mini-micro budget, really) feature film, in Greek language, filmed on location in Greece and London, with an international crew, in a haunted house inherited by director Kostas. The Winter was nominated for a Greek Academy Award for Best Scenography.

The Winter, shot on RED, in less than 20 days in Greece, is visually driven and sensitively shot, featuring lovingly crafted VFX that will be a new benchmark for animation in Greek cinema. Sporting a fantastic Greek cast, including stalwarts Vangelis Mourikis, Efi Papatheodorou, and newcomer Theo Albanis, with a rich soundtrack from Greek music cult legends ‘Active Member’, the elements are in place a singularly unique film.

The film is currently in exhibition, starting with the 2013 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, it's played at the NYC Greek Film Festival and Greek Film Festival Australia. Now showing in cinemasin Greece. For more infomation about the film or distribution, please get in touch.

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  • Running Time: 105 mins
  • Media : Digital 2K, DCP
  • Format : 5K (Red Epic)
  • Genre : Haunting/Fantasy
  • Locations: Siatista Greece / London UK
  • Shooting: Nov 2011, Jan 2013
  • European Co-Production : Greece, UK
  • Language : Greek with some English (Both subtitled)



Written by the in-house duo, Elizabeth & Kostas wrote a script based on a mixture of family ghost stories, ex-pat experiences, and local customs.  Kostas’ passion for romantic poetry and tentacles, and Elizabeth’s surreal humor combine with atmosphere and visuals to bring the story to life.


A first feature is always a challenge, and we certainly set ourselves a rather big one: bringing crew and equipment from the US, UK , Poland, and Greece, into an abandoned location, on a tight budget, for a very short shooting period. With a talented crew, the assistance of the locals, and a lot of hard work and improvisation, we made it through.


The film features ‘other worldly’ fantasy sequences, nightmarish beasts, and wedding feasts.  With an in-house production design and animation team, we were able to continue to design throughout the process, colour grade, and collaborate internationally on the edit.   

What We Do

Melancholy Star is a London-based CGI and creative studio providing high-end 3D visual effects services for Feature Films, Promos /Music Videos, Idents, Titles, Commercials and more.

Alien worlds, realistic vehicles and luxury products, unusual creatures, explosions, logo graphics, green screen & tracking services, compositing, set extensions and matte painting: these are just the beginning of what we can provide in house.

On the creative side, we can work with you on story development, artwork for film presentation packets & pitches, storyboards, concept art, set design, and art department needs. Keeping our customer list small and exclusive, we focus all of our attention on meeting your needs, and we offer boutique service packages at competitive industry rates.

For our rate card, and to discuss your needs, please get in touch.

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‘The Winter’ (Ο Χειμώνας): Melancholy Star’s first in-house feature film is a Greek-language movie in the haunting/fantasy genre, now coming to audiences worldwide.

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