Fugitive, student, mercenary, aviator, naval architect and navigator, Manolis Calliyianis abandoned at 17 of the country of Lesvos with the dream of becoming a painter and only a painter. Turkey, Palestine, South Africa, England, France, Crete, Lesvos and the bright waters of the Aegean are the scenes where life as a constant search takes place.
In 2008, in Athens Calliyianis met the Spanish Hellenist, writer and photographer Pedro Olalla who decided to dedicate a cinematic portrait. In this creative adventure which was to become a last testament, the viewer identifies curious narrator both at the same time learn about life and painting and Manolis Calliyianis through the confessions of the artist himself. But what begins as an attempt documentary evolves because of the circumstances in a suggestive film about life itself and, indeed, to our astonishment and embarrassment against it.
Despite strong and militant of Greek identity, Manolis Calliyianis still be a great painter, accomplished in international galleries while largely unknown among his compatriots.
The film “In Company with Calliyianis” is an interesting creative challenge and, undoubtedly, a different film beyond the documentary and fiction.