Manuel de Coco
Manuel de Coco was born in 1975 in Athens, Greece, and studied film directing.
He is an award-winning director and writer working on feature films, documentaries, commercials, conferences and TV projects around the world.
He is also known for going to extreme places to explore humanity’s relationship with spirituality.
He has directed documentaries for the National TV Channels of Greece (ET1, NET, ERT SAT); “Special Olympics in Athens” was the highlight of this project.
He has also worked in various projects with production companies in Greece, Cyprus, Belgium and Mexico (Leo Burnett, Boo Broductions, Filothea Productions, Lumiere, Adenalina Films etc.). Οne of his most important corporate videos was “Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos”.
His first feature film “Unknown Land” was filmed in Yemen and in Israel. It has participated in 16 International Film Festivals (Sao Paulo IFF, Andrei Tarkovsky IFF, Cairo IFF etc.) and won several awards. The film has been banned in many countries of the Arab world and in Israel.
His next film is the upcoming documentary feature “Invisible World – Shambhala”, shot over a twelve-year period in Tibet, Nepal Mongolia, Russia, Italy, Greece, Israel and Palestine.
Currently he is developing the feature film “Whispers of God” which is an international co-production.
“Unknown Land” – Awards/ Honors
Best Feature Film “A world towards sustained justice” (New Horizon IFF, 2012)
Supporting Mention for the censorship the film has endured (FIFOG, 2012)
Best Director (Cyprus IFF, 2013)
Best Director Peace Award (Gothenburg IFF, 2014)