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Manuel de Coco was born in Athens, Greece. He is a film director and writer, best known for his poetic and transcendental style. He is also renowned for traveling to extreme places to explore humanity’s relationship with spirituality. His directorial debut, “Unknown Land” (2012), was filmed in Yemen (Socotra Island) and in Israel. The film has been selected at festivals worldwide and won several awards. Eleven years later Manuel de Coco returned to the big screen with his 2nd feature film, “Invisible World” (2023), filmed over a 17-year period in 8 countries (Tibet, Mongolia, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Greece, Italy, Vatican City). Currently he is in pre-production of his 3rd feature film.

"I will talk only about cinema, traveling and lost loves."

- Manuel de Coco

"The absolute joy is making art, traveling and petting cats."

- Manuel de Coco

"Cinema needs more poetic films."

- Manuel de Coco

"A plunge into the unknown brings together something magical exceeding everyday life."

- Manuel de Coco

"Our soul is an unknown land, which few have managed to explore."

- Manuel de Coco

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  1. FILMING UNKNOWN LAND

    Μanuel de Coco filmed his first feature film “Unknown Land” in Socotra Island in Yemen during the Arab Spring

  2. WORLD PREMIERE FOR UNKNOWN LAND

    Μanuel de Coco’s Unknown Land premiered in Tehran in Iran and won the Best Feature Film Award

  3. Tarkovsky Film Festival

    Manuel de Coco at Tarkovsky Film Festival in Russia
  4. PEACE AWARD FOR MANUEL DE COCO

    Manuel de Coco won the Best Director Peace Award for “Unknown Land” at Gothenburg Independent Film Festival

  5. INVISIBLE WORLD

    After a 17 – year period of filming in 10 countries, “Invisible World” was finally completed in Italy.
  6. WORLD PREMIERE FOR INVISIBLE WORLD

    Μanuel de Coco’s Invisible World premiered at the 27th Avanca Film Festival in Portugal and won the “Debate Evolution” Award.