Smuggling Hendrix

Marios Piperides

Cyprus 2018, 93 min.


Spoken language: Greek, English, Turkish

Subtitles: English

Cypriot comedy about Jimi, a cute dog living with his owner Yiannis in the Greek part of Cyprus. When Yiannis isn’t looking, Jimi suddenly runs across the border to the Turkish part of the island. While people are free to travel between the Greek and Turkish parts, it’s a whole different story for animals. Yiannis dives headlong into an unexpected and humorous adventure to retrieve his faithful companion. 


In the ‘Greek South’ of the island of Cyprus, Yiannis lives a life that is far from glamorous. As a failed musician, he has not paid his rent in months, and his girlfriend has left him for someone else. But fortunately he still has his cute little dog Jimi. While he tries to stay out of the hands of two shady loan sharks who want money, Yiannis is counting the days until he can finally leave Cyprus for good. He has a plan to go and live in the Netherlands and rekindle his career as a musician there.

When Yiannis goes out walking one day and loses sight of his faithful companion for just a moment, the dog suddenly rushes over to the Turkish side of the island. Yiannis tries to get him back, but the border guard tells him that it is strictly forbidden to transport dogs from the Turkish North to the Greek South of Cyprus. He comes up with a plan to smuggle Jimi across the border, but he will need the help of some befriended Turkish Cypriots to make it work. Hilarious movie set against the backdrop of an absurd political situation.


World sales:

The Match Factory


Talkshows & debates

Smuggling Hendrix: Q&A with dr. Amin Parsa and dr. Hanne Cuyckens

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 11:30

Moderator Renske Vos (VU) dicusses the border issues on Cyprus with expert dr. Amin Parsa and dr. Hanne Cuyckens. 

Smuggling Hendrix: Camera Justitia Night 

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 20:15

Bart Stapert (Movies that Matter/Court of Appeals Den Bosch) hosts this special night about law and justice. 

Smuggling Hendrix: Q&A with producer Janine Teerling

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 21:15

Producer Janine Teerling answers questions about the making of the film and its impact.