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Log Line

A burned out soap opera writer turns his gaze upon his dysfunctional neighbours, but gets more than the inspiration he bargained for.

Synopsis

Costas, an uninspired soap opera writer struggling with writer’s block, is under pressure by his producer to deliver new episodes. Having just moved to a flat in an old apartment building, his attention is caught by his mysterious neigbours. Soon enough he finds himself spying on them, transforming their everyday tragic encounters into a light hearted soap opera, romanticising what he witnesses for the consumption of a mass audience. As the success of the soap opera grows, so does Costas’ obsession with the family, particularly with Chryso, a young woman who frequently runs away from the family home. Slowly putting the different pieces together, her tragic life story starts to unravel in front of his eyes, an experience that forces Costas to deal with his own long-suppressed demons. 

Festivals / Awards

Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival - Best Film at the International Section (World Premiere)

58th Thessaloniki Internation Film Festival, Greece - Best Film, Greek Film Critics Association (International Premiere)

Umea European Film Festival, Sweden - International Competition

Barcelona Cypriot Film Festival, Spain - Best Film

London Greek Film Festival, UK - Competition

12th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, US - Competition

Amsterdam International Film Festival, Holland - Best Film, Van Gogh Award

Prague Independed Film Festival, Cheque Republic - Competition

San Fransisco Greek Film Festival, US - Competition

34th Alexandria Film Festival of Mediterrenean Countries, Egypt - Competition

Australia Greek Film Festival, Australia - Competition

Firenze Independent Film Festival, Italy

 

Credits

Director: Adonis Florides

Screenplay: Adonis Florides

Producers: Marios Piperides

Director of Photography: Giorgos Rahmatoulin

Production Design: Andreas Antoniou

Editor: Stylianos Costantinou

Music: Costas Cacoyiannis

Costumes: Miranda Theodoridou

Make Up: Yiorgos Vavanos

Sound Designer: Christos Kyriacoullis

Production Manager: Costas Pitsillides

 

CAST

Costas: Yiannis Kokkinos

Xenis: Andreas Vassiliou

Eleftheria: Androulla Erakleous

Chryso: Niovi Charalambous                                            

Spyros: Chrostoforos Christoforou

Kypros: Marios Aristotelous

Stellakis: Marios Ioannou

Rosemarie's Mother: Popi Avraam

Rosemarie: Emanuela Charalambous

Titos: Fivos Georgiades

 

Director's note of intent

A man torn between art and reality, in a microcosm that falters between multiple levels of guilt and denial. A microcosm that exists between the socially acceptable and the absurd; between the banal and the outrageous; between life behind hermetically closed doors and its sterile reflection onto the screen. A microcosm in an advanced state of decay calling the hero to intervene with any attempt to idealize it,  in vain. The only option left is confrontation. Only through it will he be freed from his own demons. A tough family drama with elements of existential comedy or vice versa.  More or less like life itself.

 

Director's Bio/Filmography

Adonis Florides

Film and theatre director, screenplay writer and playwright. He lives and works in Limassol, Cyprus. He has written and co-directed the feature film «Kalabush» (90min 2004) and the short «Espresso» (26min 1998) which have been screened in many festivals  around the world. “Rosemarie” (112min 2016) is his latest film. He has also written and/or directed a number of TV documentaries, series and mini-series.

He has written and directed for the stage the plays «Yahari Tuhari» (for Hari’s Sake) and «Pesta se Mena» (Tell me) and “The Good Dragon of Hong Kong”, based on the work of the Greek poet Nikos Kavvadias for the Limassol based ‘Company of Theatrical Development’ (ETHAL). All three plays were selected for the on-line catalogue of the European Theatre Convention. His latest work as a stage director/dramaturgist is the play: “The lies which always tell the truth” for the Cyprus Theatre Organisation. He has also directed a number of other plays from the Greek and International repertoire.

He has worked as a TV director, writer and producer and currently teaches screenplay at the Screenplay Workshop. He has been a member of the artistic committee of the International Festival Cyprus Film Days and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Limassol based RIALTO theatre.  

Filmography:

“Rosemarie” 112 min 2016 writer/director

“Kalabush” 90min, 2004 writer/co-director/producer

“Espresso” 26 min 1998 writer/co-director/producer

 

Technical Details

English Tιtle: Rosemarie

Country: Cyprus

Genre: Drama

Film type: Feature Film

Year: 2017

Runtime: 112 min

Language: Greek

Subtitles: English

Format: DCP, 2.39:1, Coloa