A burned out soap opera writer turns his gaze upon his dysfunctional neighbours, but gets more than the inspiration he bargained for.
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 neighbors. Soon enough he finds himself spying on them, transforming their everyday tragic encounters into a light hearted soap opera, romanticizing 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 International 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 Independent Film Festival, Czech Republic - Competition
San Fransisco Greek Film Festival, US - Competition
34th Alexandria Film Festival of Mediterranean Countries, Egypt - Competition
25th Australia Greek Film Festival, Australia - Competition
7th The Golden Linden IFF - Bulgaria
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
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.
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.
“Rosemarie” 112 min 2016 writer/director
“Kalabush” 90min, 2004 writer/co-director/producer
“Espresso” 26 min 1998 writer/co-director/producer
English Tιtle: Rosemarie
Film type: Feature Film
Runtime: 112 min
Format: DCP, 2.39:1, Coloa