First Hollywood film depicting Greek War of Independence hits the big screen

Cliffs of Freedom is a 2019 historical period drama film based on Marianne Metropoulos’ novel Daughter of Destiny.

This is the first Hollywood feature film to depict the Greek War of Independence on the big screen and follows the tragic love story between a young Greek village girl and a Turkish Colonel during the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Twenty-year-old Anna Christina is smitten by Colonel Tariq, a rising star in the Turkish army who has growing doubts about his countrymen’s brutal methods of governance, and who had once spared her life on a cliff-top when she was a child, however, their budding romance brings tragedy to her family and her village.

Swearing revenge against the Turks, Christina joins the Greek rebellion and inadvertently becomes a local symbol of the Greek resistance movement, inspiring her countrymen and attracting the ire of the Turks, who place a bounty on her head.

Having believed that she could leave her feelings behind, Christina must face off against the man who still loves her and wants to keep her safe, but who has now been tasked with her capture. Their encounters and skirmishes inevitably lead to a tragic confrontation during a pivotal battle between the Greeks and Turks that will change the course of history.

Produced by Casey Cannon and Metropoulos, the film is directed by Van Ling from a screenplay by Ling, Metropoulos, and Kevin Bernhardt.

The film stars Tania Raymonde (“Lost”, “Goliath”), Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (“The Sound of Music”, “Beginners”, “The Last Station”), Tony Award winner Patti LuPone (“Penny Dreadful”, “The Comedian” “Evita” on Broadway), Billy Zane (“Titanic”, “Dead Calm”), Raza Jaffrey (“Homeland”, “Lost in Space”), and rising star Jan Uddin (“Shank”, “Day of the Falcon”, “Lies We Tell”).

The film has now been released in select theatres across the United States, with plans of a worldwide release over the next month.

*Watch the trailer here-

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