Tonia Mishiali

Feature Film
International Debut Feature Film Competition

»I was inspired by images that were depicted in my mind and events that I experienced growing up in Cyprus in a patriarchal society, watching the women in my family and all other women living on the sidelines, with the main purpose of their lives serving their spouse and children.«
Tonia Mishiali

Elpida (Hope) is at a turning point. A housewife, she has spent two decades in a loveless marriage, her daughter and granddaughter maintain contact only by Skype, and the menopause has wrought changes upon her body and psyche. Her need for personal expression, her desire for love and physical intimacy and growing feelings of reluctance and anger are beginning to erode the routine that has helped her to cope with the misogyny around her. When her husband sells her car without her permission and a young painter starts to redecorate her apartment building in plain sight, Elpida’s perception of reality starts to warp. Her imagination runs wild and she’s no longer sure what is real and what isn’t. Is she at the cliff’s edge, or can she press pause and restart? Stela Fyrogeni delivers an impressive performance as the lead character, masterfully manoeuvring Elpida back and forth between bitterness, daydream and black humour.

Awards for Pause
FIPRESCI Award for Best Film & ERT National Television Award Thessaloniki IFF 2018 | Best FilmUnion of Greek Film Critics 2018 | Best Fiction FeatureBeirut IWFF 2019


Tonia Mishiali


Tonia Mishiali, Anna Fotiadou


Yorgos Rahmatoulin


Emilios Avraam


Stela Fyrogeni, Andreas Vasiliou, Popi Avraam, Marios Ioannou, Prokopis Agathokleous, Marina Mandri, Andrey Pilipenko, Georgina Tatsi


Andros Achilleos, Stelana Kliris, Tonia Mishiali,
A.B. Seahorse Film Productions


Ioanna Soultani, Panos Bisdas, Soul Productions



Portrait of Tonia Mishiali

Tonia Mishiali

After studying in Oxford and gaining a degree in media production, Tonia Mishiali returned to Cyprus to launch her own production company. The director, screenwriter and producer mainly focuses on social and what are known as women’s issues. Her short films have been shown at more than 60 international festivals, earning her multiple awards. She is a member of the European Film Academy and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network EWA, is co-artistic director of the Cyprus Film Days, and has served as vice-president of the Board of the Directors Guild of Cyprus.

Films by Tonia Mishiali
Lullaby of the Butterfly 2015 | Dead End 2013