Ismene Daskarolis

Scriptwriter

Born:

16.08.1989, Berlin (Germany)

Education: 

M.A in Fine and Applied Arts, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University Thessaloniki
New York College Educational Group in Athens. Film and T.V studies

Place of Residence:

Berlin (Germany)

Writes in Languages:

Greek, English

Biography

Ismene Daskarolis is a writer, director and visual artist currently living between Athens, Berlin and Stockholm. Her artistic work has been shown in foundations such as the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, along with other personal and group exhibitions. Her film studies began with Film and Television at the New York College in Athens and more recently developed through special short courses at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Filmüniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Her films have been screened in international film festivals across the globe, such as PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights FF and Athens International FF. She has recently participated in special programs such as the Script2Film workshop of the Mediterranean Film Institute as assistant trainee. She is an alumni of the Reykjavik Talent Lab of RIFF and the Baltic Short Pitching Forum.

Ismene has also worked as a film critic and cultural journalist for more than six years, acting as Chief Editor of the film department at Exostis Press and being the site’s main correspondent for festivals like the Berlinale, the European Academy Awards and the Thessaloniki International FF. Her english articles have also been published in publications such as Nisimazine and Cineuropa, among others.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

THE NIGHTINGALE

feature film
first draft of the script

In 2067 the world is slowly coming to an end. Growing up in a decaying society, Kate and Ovid must find their lifepaths and seek a way out.

Attached to the project: co-writer, director, producer
Looking for: co-producer

Keywords: sci-fi, global warming, virtual reality, coming of age

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ODE TO JOY

fiction-documentary
first draft of the script

Greece and Germany. Two lands at opposites throughout their thousand year co-existence. A fiction – documentary based on accounts by young half Greeks half Germans. A young man and a young woman travel on a train. Each station resembles pieces of their historical past. The train is Europe and it is on fire.

Attached to the project: director
Looking for: co-writer, producer, co-producer

Keywordshistory, europe, biopic, international relations 

Filmography and Awards

2019  FLOWERS, short fiction, writer/director

2019  9BEDS, short fiction, writer/director – Balkans Beyond Borders: Special Mention

2018 ΠÅSXA, experimental short, writer/director

2017 SACRE, dance film, concept/director/producer

2015 A DROP OF SEA, dance film, director

2014 THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, narrative short based on a short story by O’Henry, writer/director –  Micro m Film Festival: Best Short Film Audience Award

2014 MOTHERHOOD, dance film, concept/director/producer – NORTE Dance Festival (Portugal): Third Audience Award

2011 HOSTESS!, feature film by Christos Karabelas, writer

My five favourite films

  1. La Jetee (1962)
    by Chris Marker)
  2. Dogville (2003)
    by Lars von Trier
  3. Children of Men (2006)
    by Alfonso Cuaron
  4. Russian Ark (2010)
    by Alexander Sokurov
  5. City Lights (1931)
    by Charlie Chaplin

Favourite scene I wrote

FADE IN:

INT. “TAL.O.S PROJECT” MAIN LABORATORY – DAY

GALATEA (20’s). Pale skin, synthetic hair, dead eyes looking straight at us. She stands against the white wall of the laboratory.

She hears the voice of a man in his 40s.

OVID (O.S.)

Would you smile please?

Galatea smiles warmly.

OVID (CONT’D)

Yeap, that’s perfect. Will you

answer a question for me?

GALATEA

Yes.

OVID (O.S.)

What do you like to do in your

spare time?

GALATEA

I like to dance and I like to

think about the future.

OVID (O.S.)

Great, great. What makes you

happiest? What’s your favorite

thing in the entire world?

GALATEA

Flowers.

OVID (O.S.)

Favorite food?

(beat)

What is your favourite food

Galatea?

GALATEA

Spaghetti.

Beat.

OVID (O.S.)

Would you lift your hand please?

Galatea lifts her hand in a way that resembles a ballerina.

OVID (CONT’D)

That’s good, very good. Can I

ask you another question?

GALATEA

Yes.

OVID (O.S.)

Do you like me?

Galatea smiles suggestively.

GALATEA

Yes.

OVID (O.S.)

What do you like most about me?

GALATEA

I like the corner of your mouth

when it smiles. I like your

eyes… You have cute eyes.

(beat)

Touch me.

My favourite film quote

“Sir. Sir. Pity you’re not here with me. You would understand everything. Look. The sea is all around. And we are destined to sail forever, to live forever.”

Russian Ark (2002)