Manos Cizek is a Greek actor and award-winning film director known for “Red City” (2012), “The Winter” (2013) and “The Penal Colony” (2017). His debut feature film, “Red City”, premiered at the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival and his short film, “The Penal Colony”, which was developed in collaboration with Pussy Riot and supported by David Lynch, won the Best Director award and multiple nominations at the Sydney Indie Film Festival 2017.
He was born in Athens on 1987. He is a Theoretical Physics graduate from the University of Lancaster and has studied acting at the Studio Nama of the Epi Kolono Theater in Athens.
His collaborations in cinema include the documentaries “Agorá – From Democracy to the Market” (2015) by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, “Occupy, Resist, Produce – Vio.Me.” (2015) by Dario Angelini,
“Little Land” (2013) by Nikos Dayandas and the fiction film “The Winter” (2013) by Konstantinos Koutsoliotas.
He has worked as a seminar instructor on “Film and Democracy: The Resisting Cinema” alongside the political activist Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot and the Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone in the context of the “Democracy Rising” course/workshop of The Global Center for Advanced Studies at The Brooklyn Commons in New York.
In theater, during 2015-2016 he worked as an actor with stage director Jeff Dailey at the American Theater of Actors for the productions “The Bull of Heaven” and “Seafairing”, as well as with Ruby Rees at the Manhattan Repertory Theater for the production “Kaston”.
On 2017 he collaborated with director Astra Taylor and the National Film Board of Canada for the documentary “What is Democracy?” and he performed with the Theatrikos Kyklos ensemble at
Hofstra University in New York in a production of Sophocle’s “Antigone” under the direction of Lefteris Giovanidis.
On 2018 he collaborated with Aegean Theatrical Exodus and director Nikos Parikos for the theatrical productions “The Birds” and “Plutus” by Aristophanes, as well as with director Stuart McBratney for the feature film “Don’t read this on a Plane”. He also played the male lead in the short film “Myelin”, directed by Michalis Tigkiridis. This year, Manos wrote and directed the short film “Dead Brother”, in collaboration with FreedomTV. He is currently rehearsing for the play “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, directed by Tasos Sagris and produced by The Institute for Experimental Arts.