creates and produces film and television


“….With subtlety and a touch of magic Irena Joannides manages to delve into this young woman’s inner world, unfolding in front of the viewer’s eyes her protagonist’s nostalgia, her most intimate thoughts and desires, which recount lost persons and places. Reading between the lines of this clear-cut story, the viewer learns that the woman’s father is missing in action, that her brother did not endure the test, her grandmother died because of her inability to accept the destruction of a world dear to her. Only through an attempt at a re-assessment of her relationships with other people can the protagonist reclaim her rightful place in the world….” – Ricardo Lopez, Cine-Epiloge, March 31, 1997

“….The young film director, Irena Joannides, received an Honorable Mention for Creative Quality for her film “Her Violet Garden” from Worldfest Houston/30th Houston International Film Festival. This award carries special significance this year, since for the 1997 festival there were 4,150 submissions from 31 countries….” – Phileleftheros, May 15, 1997

“….Her Violet Garden, stunningly shot in glistening black and white.”– Louisville, November 1997