A sophisticatedly austere and oblique debut that builds to a grimly impressive dénouement.
Makis, a 55-year-old man is in his mini-market. A seemingly uneventful exchange takes place with a customer. Thus, Luton begins with a scene of excruciating monotony; but as the customer leaves, Makis’ hateful outburst betrays a tense dissatisfaction with his life wholly at odds with the exchange we have just witnessed. Elsewhere, Mary, a thirtysomething trainee lawyer, struggles to contain her ambivalence to her life through unconvincing seductions and dissatisfying physical encounters with men. Finally Jimmy, a privileged high-school student tussles with the meaningless duties demanded by his bourgeois upbringing. Michalis Konstantatos’ direction is unashamedly austere and dwells almost sadistically on the most hollow details of his characters’ lives. This oblique approach gives an almost hypnotic rhythm to the piece, creating a taut and mounting disquiet that builds to a grimly impressively dénouement.
Michalis Konstantatos studied Directing at Stavrakos Athens Film School, Sociology at the University of Athens and he completed an MA in Architecture in the field of Designing Space and Culture at the National Technical University of Athens. Since 2002 he has been directing short films, TV dramas, music videos, experimental short films, video installations for public spaces and theatre plays. He is also the co-founder and director of the theatre company BlindSpot. He has written and directed two short films that were awarded in various international film festivals. Luton is his first feature film.
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