The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas
I Aionia Epistrofi Tou Antoni Paraskeua
A dark satire on current Greek woes that sees a failing TV personality stage his own kidnapping, only to start to unravel as he holds himself hostage.
After 20 years on Greek television Antonis Paraskevas is a figure of some renown, but falling ratings and personal problems have led him to resort to drastic measures: he stages his own kidnapping, and holes up in a deserted hotel. Waiting for the right moment to release himself back to the adoring public he expects to be waiting, he watches video highlights of his career, flicks through celebrity magazines and makes repeated and disastrous attempts at molecular cookery. And then Antonis starts to lose his mind. Elina Psykou has made a salient debut feature that’s an appealingly strange, dark proposition: a film that makes direct and articulate points about the Greek financial crisis while also being a very funny satire of celebrity culture. It marks her out as a talent to watch and further shows that, however the Greek economy is managed, the country is rich with emerging filmmakers of distinction.
Born in Athens, Greece in 1977, Elina Psykou studied Film Direction at Lykourgos Stavrakos Film School and Sociology at Panteion University, both in Athens. She continued her studies receiving her MA (DEA) in Cultural History in Paris, France (EHESS). In 2007, she participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. She has written and directed two short films and has also directed TV spots for the National Greek Opera. Her first feature film as a director, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, received the first award of the Works in Progress section at the Karlovy Vary IFF. She is a partner at the Guanaco Film Production Company.
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