director of photography Yannis Kanakis / camera Yorgos Karvelas / editor Yannis Chalkiadakis / music Sylvain Chauveau soundscapes+drones Novi_sad / set designer Spyros Laskaris / costume designers Zorana Meić, Eva Goulakou / make-up designer Anne-Valérie Chiabaut / hair designers Angeliki Balodimou, Lefteris Paraskevas / sound Hrvoje Petek, Alexandros Sidiropoulos, Aris Louziotis, Hervé Buirette / co-producers Theodora Valenti-Pikrou, David Danesi, Victoria Sankina, Filippos Marmoutas, Panos Papadopoulos, Jean-Yves Rousseaux, Sylvain Fage / executive producer Constantinos Moriatis / produced by Maria Drandaki, Elie Meirovitz, Siniša Juričić / written by Yorgos Zois with the collaboration of Vasilis Kyriakopoulos / directed by Yorgos Zois
Production Pan Entertainment, EZ Films, JDP in association with Nukleus Film, NOVA, Marni Films, Cinéphase, Digital District, Post Faust Ltd, Prosenghisi Ltd, Squaredsquare Films, Homemade Films with the support of the Greek Film Centre, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International, Institut Français, HAVC, TorinoFilmlab, CNC Award - Cinelink Sarajevo Film Festival, NEON, Piraeus Bank
grand sponsor GFC: Opap
Greece, France, Croatia 2015, 110’, color, DCP, 5.1.
Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Sofia Kokkali, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Hristos Karteris, Romanna Lobats, Angeliki Margeti, Natassa Brouzioti, Aineias Tsamatis, Constantinos Voudouris, Maria Kallimani, Areti Seidaridou, Spyros Sidiras, Christos Sougaris, Alexandros Sotiriou, Elena Topalidou, Maria Filini, Vasilis Andreou, Daphne Ioakimidou-Patakia, Alexia Kaltsiki, Effi Rabsilber, Christos Stergioglou, Labros Filippou, Nikos Flessas
was born in 1982 in Athens. He studied applied Math & Nuclear Physics in N.T.U.A. & film direction at Stavrakou Film School, Athens & at U.d.K, Berlin with scholarship. His debut short film Casus Belli premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010 and participated in the official competition of numerous international film festivals (Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand, Tokyo Short Shorts, Palm Springs, LA Short Fest etc) winning multiple first awards & distinctions. It also won the award of best short film from the Greek Film Academy 2011 and won six awards including best film, best director, best script in the Greek National Drama Short Film Festival.
His second short film, Out of Frame, premiered at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012 and won the EFA award for the Best European short film and several distinctions for its visual form and concept of narration in festivals all around the world.
Interruption is his first feature film which made its world wide premiere in the 72th international Venice Film Festival.
A post modern theater adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy takes place in a central theater of Athens. Like every night, the audience take their seats and the play begins. Suddenly, the lights on stage go out. A group of young people, dressed in black and carrying guns, come up on stage. They apologize for the interruption and invite people from the audience to participate on stage. The play resumes with a main difference; life imitates art and not the opposite.
Interruption is a story that takes place inside a theater. The word ‘’Theater’’ originally comes from “Theatron”, which means the place where we view.
Interruption is a film about the Act of Viewing. Interruption is a film about a hostage situation that differs from all the rest; there are no cops, no negotiations, no public opinion watching from the sidelines. It's a hostage situation without the hostages realizing it. To my point of view, this situation resembles that of our own lives; we too are hostages of the spectacle in front of us.
On October 23rd 2002, fifty armed Chechens took hostage eight hundred and fifty spectators in the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow. During the first minutes of the takeover, the audience, captivated by the ambivalence of the moment, think that this is all part of the play. In these crucial moments, fiction and reality, truth and lies, logic and absurdity blend. The film is the expansion of these first minutes of ambiguity.
Yorgos Zois | email@example.com