Interruption

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    Interruption

    Directed by

    Greece, France, Croatia

    2015

    109 min

    • Greek

    Drama

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    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 audience is captivated by the ambivalence, still not realizing if this is part of the play or not. The play resumes with a main difference; life imitates art and not vice versa.

    Awards

    • Best First Film Director - Hellenic Film Academy
    • Best Actor (Alexandros Vardaxoglou) - Athens IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Alexandros Vardaxoglou
    Maria Kallimani
    Alexia Kaltsiki
    Christos Stergioglou
    Maria Filini
    Screenplay
    Yorgos Zois
    Vassileios Kyriakopoulos
    Cinematography
    Yiannis Kanakis
    Editing
    Yannis Chalkiadakis
    Music
    Sylvain Chauveau

    Director's Statement

    Interruption is a film about a hostage situation without the hostages realizing it.
    On 23 October 2002, fifty armed Chechens took hostages eight hundred fifty spectators in Dubrovka Theater in Moscow. During the first minutes of the takeover, the audience, captivated by the ambivalence of the moment, thinks that this is all part of the play. In these crucial moments, art and life, truth and lie, logic and absurd blend. Interruption is the expansion of these first minutes of ambiguity; a trip to the no mans land between reality and fiction.
    The whole film 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.

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    Press

    An intriguing story about how confusing, deadly, but also liberating it is to mix reality and fiction, the film uses a theatrical set to break down conventions and build a hybrid world in the ashes.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    Interruption is one of the most intelligent films I have seen lately and Yorgos Zois is without doubt one of the most unique voices in European cinema

    Ruben Ostlund

    Yorgos Zois

    Yorgos Zois

    Greece

    I want to capture that frame where interpretation turns into experience, constructive fiction into accidental life.

    After several award-winning short films in different festivals, Yorgos directed his first feature film in 2015, Interruption, presented at the Venice Mostra. Screened during the 57 th edition of La Semaine de la Critique, THIRD KIND is a chilling science- fiction tale about wandering ghosts of an abandoned civilisation.

    Selected Filmography