TODAY’S NEW RELEASE: THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS
It is no wonder that this film premiered at several festivals around the world including; The Thessaloniki Film Festival, Mar de Plata Film Festival, and the Hellenic Film Academy Awards (where Psikou won Best First Film Director) because this Greek offering is a delightful combination of self-pity, dark humor and utter drama. It stars Christos Stergioglou (he won Best Actor at the Thessaloniki Festival) playing Antonis, a depressed, yet once beloved actor whose career has slowly slipped out of his fingers with time and age. To combat this career plight, Antonis comes up with the lame, cheap idea to stage his own kidnapping to regain the adoration and win the hearts and sympathy of his fans once again. Not only does this film manage to accentuate the craze that comes with fame from the famous to their fans, but (in Greek film style) it also manages to touch on the country at the time, which was in an economic depression so to speak. I must say, I always love it when a film can unfold both as the country and its characters lend so much value to a story. It is fun and funny to watch Antonis wallow in his own self pity and self loathing, that may sound strange, but it is in the darkest parts of the film that humor comes alive. Please do not dream of counting this movie out, as “The Eternal Return Of Antonis” is TRULY a spectacular satirical masterpiece!
- Director: Elina Psikou
- Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Maria Kallimani, Yorgos Souxes, Theodora Tzimou
- Language: Greek
- Subtitles: English