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Director
Costas Zapas

Filmography
2004 Uncut Family
2006 The Last Porn Movie
2008 Minor Freedoms
2010 The Rebellion of Red Maria

Biography
Cineuropa magazine characterized Zapas as “one of the most outstanding directors of contemporary auteur cinema,” while The Guardian referred to him as “one of the main protagonists of the burgeoning Greek new wave in cinema.” His first feature, Uncut Family (2004), screened at the 45th Thessaloniki IFF. His second feature film, The Last Porn Movie (2006), had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and, following its Greek premiere at the Athens IFF, screened at the Kiev IFF, the Cyprus IFF, the Thessaloniki IFF and the Chennai IFF. Lars von Trier’s production company, Zentropa, co-produced his third feature film Minor Freedoms (2008). In February 2010, the Greek Film Archive presented a tribute to Costas Zapas’ “Family Trilogy”. His latest movie, The Rebellion of Red Maria (2010), had its world premiere at the Mar del Plata IFF and was described as “the most explosive vein of the brilliant new wave of Greek cinema.” His new, English-language film, Frankenstein: A Death Odyssey, based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is currently in pre-production. The script was selected as one of the best European scripts by the Producers Lab Toronto 2011 at the Toronto IFF, in collaboration with the European Film Promotion and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Costas Zapas

The Rebellion of Red Maria / Costas Zapas

In a city that has revolted, with heavy metal music haunting the heroes and the voice of Maria Callas being broadcast from the rooftops, an elderly homosexual, former terrorist, and cross-dresser known as “Red Maria”, lives in the margins of society, hiding in the shadows, working as a prostitute and performer, dancing to old-fashioned tunes on the streets for passers-by who give him money. He meets a young boy, a street urchin at death’s door, a victim of an attack by Neonazis. The boy, an alcoholic, listens to the voice of Maria Callas coming from the sky, and talks to the dead diva and to his mother whom misses. On a drug overdose, he dreams of the perfect world. Red Maria rescues the boy and they stay together. In order to survive, they storm into cafés, giving performances about a new, political God. Their world is magical, poetical and wild. Red Maria teaches the boy how to survive. They become the magicians of the tribe, the holy fools, the rebels. They live a magical, personal revolution. But a series of murders will transform them, from idealists into serial killers...


Director:Costas Zapas
Script:Costas Zapas
Sound:Ilias Flammos
Music:Alexandros Spanidis, Asimakis Reppas
With:Andonis Papadopoulos (Red Maria), Christos Vernikos (boy),Costas Kourtaras (neo-fascist),Haris Flouskounis (club owner),Triandafyllia Dimitriadi (woman in fast food joint),Vangelis Raptis (fast food joint owner)
World Sales:Minus Pictures, Greece T.-F. +30 210 3641652 minuspictures@yahoo.com
Producer:Grigoris Athanasiou
Production:Minus Pictures, Greece
Production Country:Greece
Format:HDCAM Έγχρωμο
Duration:95'
Production Year:2010
Screening Schedule
TONIA MARKETAKI:Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 24:00 | ID:137
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