Manolis Kritsotakis

Scriptwriter

Born:

18.09.1978, Heraklion (Greece)

Education: 

Story writing and film analysis seminar by Manos Papadakis

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Place of Residence:

Heraklion (Greece)

Writes in Languages:

Greek, English

Biography

Born and raised on the island of Crete, Manolis, has been working for TV & cinema as a fixer and location manager since 2008. He works for an advertising company focused on hotels advertisements and teaches writing and film production as a volunteer for the local students club in his hometown. Manolis is also running the local cinema club since 2007. He attended seminars on writing, cinema production, and directing and has directed his own films. He is member of the local Greek Writers Guild and ISA Connect. 

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Sample of previous work

Projects in development

ΌΡΟΙ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΟΫΠΟΘΈΣΕΙΣ / CONDITION & TERMS

short fiction
first draft of the script

A young Albanian, born and raised in Greece has to help his Greek boss and mentor to commit suicide in order to support his family with insurance money, although such action contradicts all his values.

Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer

Keywordsrecession, immigrants, racism, drama, family, social change, old values, religion, crime story

BETWEEN US

feature narrative
first draft of the script

A married man far from satisfied by the way his life has evolved, discovers he is bisexual and tries to convince his wife to accept both him and his lover as family.

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

Keywordsbisexuality, homosexuality, gay, family, drama, love, romance, human relations

PUBLIC DREAMS

feature narrative
first draft of the script 

In a future not far from our own present, people use drugs to resist sleeping in order to work longer hours, until a young promising corporate clerk discovers that such tactics lead to misery rather than success.

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

Keywordsscience fiction, rat race, drama, politics, success story, struggle for life, revolution, future

More from Projects

ROSEVILLE

feature narrative
first draft of the script

In a small midwestern town, the owner of a small but flourishing restaurant, will have to choose between his patriotic feelings and give information about a terrorist group his daughter could be involved in.

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

Keywordsfamily drama, values, terrorism, America, country, small towns, patriots, religion

Filmography and Awards

2018 DANGER!, short film, writer/director 
2014 CREATIVITY, feature documentary, director

My five favourite films

  1. The Man With the Movie Camera (1929)
    by Dziga Vertov
  2. The Godfather (1972)
    by Francis Ford Coppola
  3. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
    by Billy Wilder
  4. Fight Club (1999)
    by David Fincher
  5. Dolls (2002)
    by Takeshi Kitano

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. KITCHEN – NIGHT

DAVID (40) stands by the sink washing the dishes. JANET (35) moves in and out of the kitchen bringing more dirty dishes in.

JANET

So, what did you think about

tonight’s chili sauce?

DAVID

Now that you mention it, there

was something different about it,

it tasted a bit more…

JANET

…sour sweet.

DAVID

Sour sweet, yeah that’s it.

JANET

Did you like it better this way?

DAVID

It was different.

Janet is now standing next to David. She gets the dishes from his hands sweeps them with a cloth and places them in the dishwasher.

JANET

Do you like different David?

DAVID

Sometimes I do Janet.

JANET

What about when it comes to

sexual preferences?

David stops washing dishes.

DAVID

What? What was that all about?

JANET

I just asked you a question. Are

you doing Tom?

David swipes off his hands and moves away from Janet.

DAVID

How did we end up from talking

about chili to me doing some

other guy?

Janet leaves the dishes and is now confronting David looking at him straight in the eyes.

JANET

You tell me David. How did we end

up from planning our new life

when the baby pops up to sharing

you with another man?

DAVID

Don’t you think you are

overreacting? Must be the

hormones.

JANET

Don’t you think you are avoiding

this conversation? Must be your

feminine side.

DAVID

I am not avoiding anything and I

have certainly not turned into a

woman. I am going to pour me a

drink now…

JANET

…and spend the night texting my

boyfriend while my stupid cow

wife sleeps.

DAVID

Will you cut it out? I don’t hate

you! I am not going to leave you!

I don’t want to divorce you!

Janet grabs a glass and places it next to David’s. David is pouring both of them a drink.

JANET

So what are you going to do now?

How are you going to keep it up

with Tom?

DAVID

Tom, Tom, Tom, what is with you

and him anyway?

David turns his back on Janet and is about to exit the kitchen.

 

JANET

I saw you on on Sunday. At the

baby shower, behind that hat.

David stands still.

DAVID

And?

JANET

And I want to know what your

plans are. For him, for me and

for her (points at her belly).

David turns around and sits on a chair by the kitchen table.

DAVID

First of all I want you to know I

never stopped loving you. I am

not going to have any sex change

operation, if that’s what you are

afraid of.

Janet is now leaning on the counter hovering above David.

JANET

Are you in love with him?

DAVID

No. It’s not like that. We are

best friends in the theater

group. I love hanging around with

him, he’s the only friend I ever

had who can fully understand me.

As for the thing you saw on

Sunday, it started a couple of

months ago, it came out

naturally. I had never done it

with a guy before.

JANET

So are you going to be seeing men

now?

DAVID

It is not that simple. I still

like women too, I mean those

things just happen.

JANET

Another thing that just happened

is my pregnancy.

DAVID

Do you think I don’t know? That I

don’t think about it every day?

David stands up and starts the dishwasher.

DAVID

I want all three of us living

together in this house.

JANET

Oh you have to be kidding me.

David turns around confronting Janet.

DAVID

We are three responsible adults,

we can be the best parents.

Janet gets some candy from the cupboard and sits on a chair by the kitchen table.

JANET

Some nerve you have.

DAVID

You always said we are not like

other people. Remember how often

we talked about changes?

JANET

You want to turn my baby to a

guinea pig, so you can have a

threesome every night?

Janet fails to unwrap the candy and throws it on the floor.

DAVID

I know it’s hard to deal with it.

It is going to be hard when

people will know about it. But

this is a new era Janet. Times

are changing.

JANET

Meet David ladies and gentlemen,

the king of bad excuses.

David puts his arm on Janet’s shoulder.

DAVID

I was going to tell you. This is

what I want to do.

You go along fine with Tom, Tom

is great with children, all the

rest is in our head.

JANET

How can you even say that?

DAVID

This is the best solution for all

of us. One more father to rely

on. No more secrets between us, a

loving family like we always

wanted.

Janet stands up and goes to the window.

JANET

It’s the best solution for you.

You are the one who will have it

all.

DAVID

I am the one who is going to lose

all his customers. I am the one

who will be cast away. It would

be easier for me to ask for a

divorce and see the kid in the

weekends. But I am not going to

leave you, that was never the

case.

JANET

Maybe I want you to leave me.

DAVID

What did you just say?

JANET

I want to be alone for a few

months. I think I should move in

with my mother.

DAVID

I never meant to throw you out of

our house.

JANET

I know. This is the best solution

for me.

Janet is looking at the neighbors’ houses. The lights on the windows go out one by one.

My favourite film quote

“If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy.”

Good Will Hunting (1997)