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Just Like Water


The movie is about the father of the director, Spyros, his life and experiences. He is the protagonist and narrator. "Just Like Water" speaks about time and the circle of life. The questions asked are, what is time and how do we perceive it? Do we really live the moments in our daily lives and do we give them their due value? So, we follow a magical journey through time, embedded with vivid images of Spyros, grandfather, man, child ... A girl and a woman always there. A patchwork of images, accompanied by original musical composition, sketched in detail: it weaves the puzzle of a whole life nestled in the Island of Crete (Greece).

Our Review:

The music composition of this film is a fulfilling treat to the audience. The story line, the characters, the landscape and the music nourishes the soul. Just like the quote "Silence isn't empty, it's full of answers" the performance of both the boy and the girl without a single word has more meaning than any word spoken. Reliving the life of Spyros, back and forth, in form of a narrative and capturing some beautiful moments from the cycle of life was joy to watch..

Director Biography - Manos Triantafillakis

Manos Triantafillakis is a director and actor. His latest film, Just Like Water, has won 65 first-place awards for Best Director, Best Producer, Best Writer, Best Cinematographer... in international and domestic film festivals to date. In 2020 he directed and filmed the theatrical play Cecé by Luigi Pirandello for the digital channel of the municipality of Heraklion in Crete: He has participated as an actor to date in 30 theatrical performances, in 10 movies (short and feature), in 4 TV series and in 15 commercials. He has made over 35 music productions - two of which have been released in international music collections. He has done music soundtracks in more than 10 theatrical shows. Also he has worked for the radio for 20 years and as a dj for 25 years. Manos Triantafillakis is a member of the jury of the 14th International Moving International Film Festival in Iran, and the 2nd International Genesis International Film Festival in Russia. Also he is a member of ΣΕΗ-HAU (Hellenic Actors Union) and a member of the THEAMA Group (Professional disabled and non-disabled theater group). Gold Ermis Award winner 2020 as Bomb Exprert: || Unesco Director Award winner 2016 to theatrical play "Cecé" by Luigi Pirandello: || Grand Award winner 2013 as Mexican:

Director Statement

An important part of human life is time. It concerns him, it defines him. It all has to do with time running "Just like water" in combination with a life cycle that is constantly repeated. The family is another important part in the course of his life. The place where he was born and raised. His place. His homeland. I carry these precious pieces with me to this day. In my mind, in my soul, and on the screen.


  • Manos Triantafillakis Director

  • Manos Triantafillakis Writer

  • Elina Daraklitsa Writer

  • Manos Triantafillakis Producer

  • Yiannis Papadantonakis Key Cast "Boy"

  • Electra Mitsimari Key Cast "Girl"

  • Maria Kastelianou Key Cast "Woman"

  • Manos Triantafillakis Key Cast "Man"

  • Yiannis Kiouranakis Key Cast "Grandfather"

  • Thanasis Nakos Key Cast "Storyteller"


  • Project Title (Original Language): Σαν Το Νερό

  • Project Type: Short

  • Genres: Fiction, Narrative, Biography, Romance, Poet, Family, Experimental

  • Runtime: 12 minutes 54 seconds

  • Completion Date: January 12, 2021

  • Country of Origin: Greece

  • Country of Filming: Greece

  • Language: Modern Greek (1453-)

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Black & White and Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes

  • Student Project: No

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