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Directed by Panos H. Koutras
Produced by Panos H. Koutras
Written by Panos H. Koutras, Panayiotis Evangelidis
Starring Mina Orfanou
Yiannis Kokiasmenos
Minos Theoharis
Betty Vakalidou
Akis Ioannou
Music by Mikael Delta
Cinematography Olympia Mitilinaiou
Edited by Yiannis Chalkiadakis
Distributed by Memento Films
Release date
  • 25 November 2009 (2009-11-25) (France)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Greece
Language Greek

Strella (Greek: Στρέλλα; international title: A Woman's Way) is a 2009 Greek drama film written and directed by Panos H. Koutras. The plot centres around the relationship between a 45-year-old ex-convinct and a 25-year-old transgender woman.


Yiorgos (Yiannis Kokiasmenos) is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed in his small Greek village. He spends his first night out in a cheap hotel in Athens. There he meets Strella (Mina Orfanou), a young transgender prostitute. They spend the night together and soon they fall in love. But the past is catching up with Yiorgos. With Strella on his side he will have to find a new way out.


The film was shot on location in Athens and Peloponnese. The role of Strella was performed by the amateur actress Mina Orfanou, who is a trans woman.


The film was premiered in the 59th Berlin International Film Festival - Section Panorama - in February 2009 and has participated since in more than 20 international film festivals all over the world. It was one of the 48 films nominated for the European Film Awards in 2009.

Strella won four awards of the eleven it was nominated for, including best actress and art direction, at the first Hellenic Film Academy awards ceremony in 2010.[1]



  1. ^ Grivas, Alexis (4 May 2010). "Dogtooth, Strella dominate Hellenic Film Academy's new awards". Screen Daily. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 

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