THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS I Aionia Epistrofi Tou Antoni Paraskeva

THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS

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A famous television presenter stages his own disappearance, wanting to orchestrate a big comeback in this dark droll Greek satire.

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Paraskevas (Christos Stergioglou) is a famous Greek television personality who's hosted the same popular morning news show for the past 20 years. He's faked his own kidnapping in order to get more press attention, collecting every newspaper column and glossy magazine supplement for his own narcissistic scrapbook.

He hides away in a deserted hotel, waking up every morning at 4am and spending these days of quiet solitude singing karaoke, learning about molecular gastronomy and compiling demo tapes in preparation for his triumphant return. A combination of Stergioglou's propensity for physical comedy and Psikou's detached, yet hauntingly intrusive camera and witty observational script, gel perfectly to create a thoroughly droll portrait of celebrity obsession.

However, Psikou's film is more than just a slapstick comedy about society's fixation with celebrities, favouring a far darker tone in is subsequent second half. A vernacular screwball satire with a refreshingly pessimistic outlook, Psikou's debut is a superb European art-house comedy that brilliantly satirises the turbulent economic crisis in Greece through the sheer comic absurdity of reality. A major discovery at the 2013 Berlinale. (subtitles)

Berlinale 2013; London Film Festival



Tue 26 Aug 18:00 (Studio)
Wed 27 Aug 13:45 (Studio)