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during the 18th LAGFF

Over the course of a night, a storyteller captures bar patrons with his tale of mysterious magic and petty crime. As new customers enter the bar and the story unfolds, we dive into the imaginations of his audience to reveal unique versions of the oddball characters the rhapsodist has created.




Nikolai Hamel grew up in the US. He taught English in China before moving to the UK in 2012 to get his master’s degree in filmmaking. While there, Nikolai befriended Greek filmmaker Faidra Tsolina and actor Prometheus Aleiferopoulos. Together they made several short films before working on The Rhapsodist.

2023, Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Youth Jury Award

  • Year
  • Runtime
    87 minutes
  • Language
    English, Greek
  • Country
  • Premiere
    International Premiere
  • Subtitle Language
  • Director
    Nikolai Hamel
  • Screenwriter
    Nikolai Hamel, Prometheus Aleifer
  • Producer
    Nicholas Alavanos, Nikolai Hamel, Christina Stavropoulou
  • Cast
    Promitheas Aleiferopoulos, Thanos Tokakis, Maria Katsandri, Natalia Swift, Kostas Berikopoulos, Erikos Litsis, Sandra Abuelghanam, Panos Zigouros, Antonis Tsiller, Takis Sakelariou, Fanis Milleounis, Socratis Patsikas
  • Cinematographer
    Thomas Tsiftelis
  • Editor
    Mathias Askeland
  • Sound Design
    Stavros Avramidis
  • Music
    Research Prins Obi