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Nights, Gambled Away (Verspielte Naechte)

Nights, Gambled Away

After her father's unexpected death and the separation from her boyfriend, Maria, a 24-year-old Greek girl, sets off for Berlin where her older sister Helena lives and works as a successful dancer. The two sisters haven't seen each other for several years. It is not long before Maria finds out Helena's secret which also explains the strange way she behaves towards Maria. Helena has given up dancing and now works as a croupier in an illegal gambling club in Berlin. Maria has to recover from her first shock, the idealised image of the older sister crumbles...


Angeliki Antoniou was born in Athens in 1956 and studied Architecture from 1974-1980. She has been living in Berlin since 1983 and attended the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) from 1984-1989. Her 1992 film Donusa received the "Prix de la Jeunesse" at the Locarno Film Festival and prizes for Direction and Acting at the Thessaloniki Festival. Her films include: The Night Of The Snake (short, 1984), Unter fremdem Himmel (short, 1985), Liebe auf den letzten Biss (short, 1986), Persephone (short, 1986), Gefangene des Meeres (1989/90), Donusa (1992), Verspielte Naechte (Nights, Gambled Away, 1996/97), Heimlicher Tanz (TV, 1999), Allein unter Männern (TV, 2001) and Messerscharf - Tödliche Wege der Liebe (TV, 2002).
Category Feature
Director Angeliki Antoniou
Screenplay Angeliki Antoniou, Kriton Kalaitzides
Cinematography Sebastian Richter, Pio Corradi
Catherine Steghens
Dimitris Papadimitriou
Cast Jasmin Tabatabai, Viky Volioti, Sharon Brauner
Producer Jost Hering
Production Company Jost Hering Filme/Berlin
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Greece
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Optical
With backing from Greek Film Center
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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