The foreign feature film "Apartment in Athens" won big during the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival juried competition, taking away four awards in multiple categories.
The film, also known as "Appartamento ad Atene," won for Best Feature Length Film, Best Actor (Gerasimos Skiadaresis), Best Cinematography (Vladen Radovic) and Best Screenplay (Ruggero Dipaola, Heldrun Schleef).
"It is an immense joy, both for me and the screenplay [writer], the director of photography and the actor," Dipaola, the film's director and co-writer, said via email from Italy on Thursday. "It's a shame we weren't present."
This is not the first time that the 2011 Italian film, in both Greek and German with English subtitles, has received recognition at film festivals.
"Apartment in Athens" took home Best Picture recognition in the 2011 Rome International Film Festival, 2011 Foggia Independent Film Festival, 2012 Sudestival, 2012 Cape Winelands Film Festival, 2012 Busto Arsizio Film Festival, 2012 Phoenix Film Festival and others, Dipaola said.